Warwick 2018 (Photo: Kim McCaffrey/recruit757)
Warwick head coach Corey Hairston leads the Raiders into his sixth season with the program
by Justin Russell, recruit757
The intensity level is high in The Warwick Raiders training camp this season. In their first practice in full pads last Friday night, they had what head coach Corey Hairston dubbed “Midnight Madness.”
The players took the field just after midnight for practice, shaking things up and creating some excitement.
“We did something different, like they do in college basketball; midnight madness. Our first day in full pads was Saturday so we did it at 12:01AM. It was a fun time” Haiston said.
“Kids got to scrimmage a little bit against each other. We got new uniforms this year as well so we just did things a little different this year”
The sixth year head coach was also noticeably enthusiastic about his team’s prospects on defense.
“The defense is going to be very fast and very quick to the football.” He says.
Senior OLB/strong safety Ahvyon Boothe is expected to be a leader on that side of the ball, along with senior defensive end Israel Wellons, whom Hairston describes as a “monster.”
The Raiders will enter the season with one of the more experienced offensive lines in the Peninsula District. Two of their offensive linemen, Seniors Chase Toland and Milohn Newby, are both four year starters.
Several newcomers will be competing for the skill positions. Talented junior running back Darian Herring is expected to make a big impact on offense this season. The confident young back is likely to get a lot of touches. Senior transfer wide receiver/cornerback Messiah Russell will also be a new face making plays for the Raiders in 2019.
The Raiders are rightfully optimistic heading into this year. They have a good blend of experience and talent, combined with a coaching staff eager to improve upon last year’s 6-5 record. Warwick kicks off their season against Denbigh on August 29th at Todd Stadium in Newport News.
– Justin Russell