2018 Dominion District Champion and State Champion Manchester (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Dominion District Preview: Can Monacan, L.C. Bird, and the rest of the Avengers catch up with Tom Hall and Manchester?
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Now in no way, shape, or form are we truly calling the Dominion District the Avengers. Manchester resides in the Dominion District and it doesn’t represent Thanos by any stretch of the imagination. However, Manchester did have a perfect season heading into postseason play. And Manchester did win all five of its playoff games. And Manchester did complete its perfect season with a Class 6A state championship which wasn’t just the first of its kind under Tom Hall, but the first of its kind period for the Lancers.
Brendon Clark was immaculate all year long and packed his bags for Notre Dame while players like Hakeem Beamon and Kei’Trel Clark will be heading to Penn State and Liberty, respectively. However, it was the battles within the war that made the Dominion District particularly interesting over the course of last season. It was Monacan knocking off L.C. Bird towards the end of October giving the Chiefs their second win over the Skyhawks since 1998. It was L.C. Bird pulling off a trick play against Huguenot with 12 seconds left their contest that watched K.J. Patterson flip it to Jamon Battle who then flipped it to Mykey Anderson for the win.
However, there may be a shift in the balance of powers moving forward. We’ve learned not to underestimate Highland Springs after many seasons where it looks like their fire power may be decreased. It’s all about how depth has been managed behind All-State players that have moved on at the conclusion of their senior seasons. The elephant that needs to be addressed in the room is how Manchester plans to move on without Brendon Clark.
But if we’re going to address that, we’re also going to have to address how Monacan is going to replace Stone Snyder. I’d peg L.C. Bird as having the most dynamic backfield in the Dominion District, however; what’s in store since Tre’ Mason has made the jump to Life Christian Academy? Midlothian looked as if it was dead to rights after getting destroyed by Manchester during week five of the regular season. This was until the Trojans pulled off five-consecutive wins including a stunning victory over Monacan in last October. The Trojans have 14-combined returning starters on the defensive and offensive side of the ball next season with starting quarterback Christian Chambers probably being the number one x-factor.
Can you tell we’ve been waiting for this time of the year to rear its face? All I ask is that as you’re reading please make sure you scroll with caution and take nothing personal as we unveil the official Dominion District Preview.
Monacan High School
Coach: James Henderson
2018 Record: 9-3 (lost to Dinwiddie in Region 4B Semi-finals)
Mascot: Chiefs (orange, black, and brown)
2019 Projected Finish (regular season): 9-1
Raise your hand if you thought that creating multiple packages for Stone Synder to play quarterback would actually work for Monacan last season? It was a genius idea and the coaching staff will never get enough credit for thinking outside of the box. What will be missed about Stone Synder the most from a physical perspective will be his ability to make plays with his feet in and out of the pocket. However, from a mental perspective, it will be the poise, leadership, and certain level of control he displayed when the lights were on the brightest. Moving on will be extremely difficult for the Chiefs, but best believe the coaching staff have a few aces up its sleeve.
OFFENSE: No clear-cut quarterback means that we have a quarterback competition with the incumbent primed to be elevated to the role of starter before the last scrimmage. J.J. Allen (2021 QB 5-11 180) and Tyler Hensley (2021 QB 6-1 177) will both be competing for the top spot. The rest of the offense is comprised of starters from last season with a few new faces sprinkled in from different programs. Clover Hill transfer Josiah Nelson (2020 RB/LB 5-10 180) will be starting at running back and linebacker this season. He’s separated himself so much from the pack this summer that he’s been named team captain.
“Our quarterback position last year was with a power running quarterback,” Coach Henderson stated. “This season our quarterbacks that are battling for the job are not nearly the runner that Stone was, so we will have to figure out other ways to run the football.”
Victor Budu (2021 WR 6-0 166), Elijah McLeod (2021 RB/WR 5-10 155), Kyjaun Pettis (2021 WR 6-1 160), Zac Pullings (2020 WR 5-7 155), Keino Johnson (2020 TE 5-9 185), and Teon Powell (2020 RB/WR 6-0 180) round out the skill players for Monacan. Powell is a notable face for the Chiefs having secured All-Region, All-State, and All-804 honors last season. He is without a shadow of a doubt the most electric player on the Monacan’s roster. The offensive line will consist of: Lloyd Williams (2022 OL 6-0 240), James Carbuckle (2021 OL 5-11 220), Andrew Evans (2021 OL 6-0 210), Garrison Wheatley (2020 OL 6-3 335), and Dominic Moreno (2021 OL 5-8 181).
“I believe on the offensive side of the ball that our wide receivers and our offensive linemen will be our two strongest units,” Coach Henderson explained. “On the defensive side of the ball, I believe that we will be solid everywhere, but I think we will need rely on play making from all three levels to be successful.”
DEFENSE: The defensive side of the ball was clearly a positive for the Chiefs last season giving up just 18 points per contest. Manchester dropping 62 points on the Chiefs last season was the most points given up by their defense since L.C. Bird dropped 73 in 2013. The defensive line for Monacan will consist of Lloyd Williams (2022 DT 6-0 240), Dre Lockey (2023 DT 6-0 270), Humphrey Quaye (2022 DE 5-11 205), and Michael Williams (2022 DE 5-9 170). Lloyd Williams came on big for the Chiefs last season and it’s expected we see the same out of him this season.
At linebacker the Chiefs are plugging in Tyler Bartholomew (2021 LB 5-9 190), James Carbuckle (2021 LB 5-11 220), and Josiah Nelson (2020 RB/LB 5-10 180). Bartholomew led all Monacan defenders in tackles last season. Rounding out the defensive backs will be Victor Budu (2021 DB 6-0 166), Elijah McLeod (2021 DB 5-10 155), Kyjaun Pettis (2021 DB 6-1 160), Zac Pullings (2020 DB 5-7 155), and Jamel Yates (2020 DB 6-0 160).
Manchester High School
Coach: Tom Hall
2018 Record: 15-0 (won Class 6 state championship)
Mascot: Lancers (blue and orange)
2019 Projected Finish (regular season): 8-2
Manchester will be one of the more intriguing programs to watch this season and not exactly because it’s Manchester. The Lancers finally capped of their 15-0 season by winning their Class 6 state championship the season before it made the drop from Region 6B to Region 5B.
The cost of winning their first state championship is much larger than what most programs have had to go through to earn one. Manchester now has the daunting task of sifting through Region 5B to figure out where it belongs. Many people sat back over the last few years and wondered what it would look like if Manchester and Highland Springs would ever get the chance to matchup. Well it’ll happen on October 11, but it won’t have the same feel it would’ve had if the two would’ve matched up last season. Prospects such as Brendon Clark, Hakeem Beamon, and William Pritchard stepped off to attend their respective collegiate programs and they’re still a lot of questions that need to be answered. Be that as it may, Manchester is still a formidable contender and has earned the respect of any field it steps on.
OFFENSE: Brendon Clark produced a lot of accolades during his senior season with the Lancers including VHSL Class 6 OPOY, USA Today Virginia OPOY, All-Metro POY, and All-804 POY. He accumulated 2,327 passing yards and 35 touchdowns to just one interception. He went on to rush for 774 yards and 17 additional touchdowns. It’s only a matter of time until the third-string
Notre Dame quarterback rises to the top of the depth chart.
In the interest of honesty, that’s a lot of production to replace with just person.
That’s why the burden of replacing Clark won’t rest on just one person. However, the difficulty in it all is determining who is going to play quarterback. Roemell is a viable option as he spelled Brendon Clark at different times during last season, but freshman quarterback Cody Shelton is also an option. Shelton is arguably one of the most impressive up-and-coming quarterbacks in the state of Virginia. His travels over the offseason included: Penn State, Liberty, West Virginia, William and Mary, Virginia, and ECU among others. He’s won MVP awards from NEXTGEN all the way through the Recruit757 Clash of the Titans Showcase earlier this year. Despite his rapid development, Coach Hall may decide to sit him and allow him to prepare for next year.
This could allow starting running back Isaiah Todd to take advantage of a few more reps than he had last season. Todd rushed for over 1,000 yards last season with Brendon Clark orchestrating the offense. Imagine what he could do if he had the ball in his hands more. James Bell is a huge component coming back for the offensive line as he’s already grabbed offers from Marist, Alderson-Broaddus and UVA-Wise. Expect Brendon Shelton, Quantez Christian, and Patrick Watson to be in the mix at wide receiver as well as Shamar Figueroa and Damir Whitaker.
DEFENSE: The defense side of the ball is going to look a lot different than it did last season. Hakeem Beamon, K.J. McNeil, Tre Clark, Kwame Dehaney, Anthony Gary, and Alston Robinson are all gone. Collectively, this was a group that held opponents to just four points per contest. It was also a unit that held all but one opponent 10 points or less posting five shut outs. So what are we working with this season?
Christian Williams is back to plug up the middle. The man returned an interception 22 yards to the house in the Class 6 state championship game against Quest Powell and Freedom. He also picked up All-Region 6B honors last season.
He can stay, period.
Williams will be joined by Andre Crawley who was also in the starting rotation from a season ago. Brandon Flippin and Jaylen Igner are the notables at linebacker and expect former Wisconsin native Patrick Watson to also see time at linebacker. The secondary is yet to be filled out, however; Pharrell Pleasants is a name that’s been circulating around camp.
Lloyd C. Bird High School
Coach: Troy Taylor
2018 Record: 9-3 (lost to Henrico in Region 5B Semi-finals)
Mascot: Skyhawks (blue, white, and navy)
2019 Projected Finish (regular season): 8-2
When it’s all said and done, L.C. Bird will always be one of the last remaining teams standing when the dust settles. Troy Taylor took over for Tony Nicely last season who took over for David Bedwell a season prior so it’s safe to say that the Skyhawks definitely have a good thing moving forward pertaining to its head coach situation.
Coach Taylor helped lead Bird to a 9-3 record last season which was two wins better than the 2017 football season. Only nine programs within or around the Central Region started the season with a win streak of six games or higher those teams being Dinwiddie, Highland Springs, Manchester, Louisa, Hopewell, Amelia County, Goochland, and Varina. The ninth program was L.C. Bird.
Moving forward, the Skyhawks have a lot of question marks that needs to be answered especially pertaining to who their next starter will be at quarterback. Regardless the fact remains the Bird has a large contingent of hardworking, blue collar student-athletes that are going to perform to the best of their ability regardless of the odds.
OFFENSE: The offensive side of the ball for the Skyhawks last season wasn’t up to par with what it’s been over the last handful of seasons. Bird averaged 21 points per game on offense last year and we be looking to increase that mark in order to remain competitive in an already stacked Dominion District.
Coach Taylor lost a total of 10 starters across the offense last season including Virginia Tech commit Jaden Payoute and starting running back Tre Mason (Life Christian Academy). The Skyhawks had multiple prospects try their hand at the quarterback position including Jaden Payoute, Jamon Battle, and Ramon Brown.
Heading into final scrimmages this week, it’s still unknown who will emerge from camp as the starting quarterback. Be that as it may, Bird remains a team that loves to pound the ball. Ramon Brown and Chris Barfield will split time at running back.
Elijah Rivers, Daylan Gregory, and Tyson Pledger will handle receiving duties for the Skyhawks. The offensive line only has one senior prospect, but it’s a unit that is far from young. The offensive front for the Skyhawks will consist of Savion Parham, Keyshawn Williams, CJ Edmonds, Bryce Benson, and KJ Irvin.
DEFENSE: The defense for the Skyhawks allowed 16 points per contest throughout last season which is actually a really good mark despite that number being its worst output since the 1998 football season. Bird stands to lose seven starters on the defensive side of the ball heading into the regular season, but will retain one of the Central Region’s most fearsome defensive linemen in Tyson Pledger.
The Bird product picked up his first collegiate offer back in May from Delaware State and has been consistent in improving throughout the entire off-season. Pledger will be joined on the defensive line by Kris Trinidad, Tyreak Reid, and Khali Carter. The linebacker unit is definitely a position of strength for the Skyhawks as Dom Gray, Mike Allen, and Chris Barfield are all returning starters. The secondary will be led by Elijah Rivers who will rely on Shaun Allen, Quentin Elliot, and Jordyn Bentley throughout.
Clover Hill High School
Coach: Bryan Jennings
2018 Record: 5-6 (lost to Franklin County in Region 6B Quarter-finals)
Mascot: Cavaliers (green and gold)
2019 Projected Finish (regular season): 7-3
As a first-year head coach, it’s important to have expectations. At the same time, those expectations have to be closely related to reality as much as possible. During John Fout’s only two seasons at Clover Hill it was absolutely brutal. The Cavaliers went a lowly 3-18 with a lone playoff appearance during his last season which put Clover Hill up against Manchester in the first round.
Do I have to explain how that contest ended?
Sometimes change has to start at the top. Athletic director David Zyglocke and company decided it was time to part ways which led to the hiring of former Huguenot assistant Bryan Jennings. The former Falcons assistant helped improve Huguenot in each of the four seasons he was there so it wasn’t like The Cavaliers didn’t know what the expectations were.
Jennings came in last season and helped Clover Hill win a total of five contests. Three of the wins were against teams that had knocked off the Cavaliers a season prior including Prince George, James River, and Huguenot. The Cavaliers will be armed with much strength across both sides of the ball, but it will be how they handle their weaknesses that’ll determine how far they advance.
OFFENSE: Experience will be a huge factor for the offensive side of the ball coming into the regular season. Eight starters stand to return and the offensive line is completely intact from a season ago. Will Jawdin, Brennan Scott, Keegan Greene, Jacob Greene, and Andrew Blanton will make up the line for Coach Jennings. Ben Fartell is a notable prospect that will be used as support and despite not playing last season, he definitely holds Division II potential.
Quin Mehl was last year’s starter at quarterback but he’ll have competition from Reece Hamilton and K.J. Patterson. Hamilton passed for over 1,000 yards last season as a freshman. Kendall Cross was not a starter last year at running back, but he’s done enough over the offseason to get the attention of the coaching staff. Jaden Johnson and Jaden Lee are your starters at wide receiver as both received extensive playing time last season. Other notables include: Tyler Johnson, Javah Eppes, Jaden Jennings, Randy Hathaway, and Jaydon Borawski.
DEFENSE: If I told you Clover Hill had one of the better defensive teams in the Central Region last year would you believe me? The Cavaliers gave up a meager 16 points per contest last year and stand to return six starters. Depth at certain positions is definitely a concern moving forward as well as developing players in the secondary, but all-in-all, this is a unit that will be a tough outing.
The heart and soul of the defensive line is none other than Bryson Jennings. The rising sophomore picked up offers from UVA, VT, and South Carolina during the off-season and is expected to have a breakout second season. He’ll be joined by Andrew Blanton, Brennan Scott, and Xavier Bervine.
Starting linebacker Dalton Collins was the leading tackler for the Cavaliers last season and will have help from Kendall Cross at the linebacker position while Logan Livermon and Javieon Arthur will provide rover coverage. Jaden Johnson is the only returning starter for the secondary and he’ll receive a boost from Javah Eppes, Jaden Lee and Randy Hathaway.
Cosby High School
Coach: Peter Mutascio
2018 Record: 4-7 (loss to Thomas Dale in Region 6B Quarter-finals)
Mascot: Titans (black, white, and silver)
2019 Projected Finish (regular season): 5-5
Cosby had high expectations coming into the 2018 football season especially after falling flat with a 1-9 record during the 2017 campaign. It’s true that you have to crawl before you can walk and the Titans did just that.
Last season, Cosby dug deep and finished the year with a 4-7 record which is three games better that it performed in 2017. The Titans improved their game play by knocking off Matoaca, Huguenot, and Clover Hill all teams they lost to a season prior.
At the same time, Cosby was fortunate enough to be in a position to grab a playoff berth. The Titans won four of their first six contests, but then lost their last four which caused them to limp into a playoff contest against Thomas Dale. Coming down the stretch, Cosby lost two games by six points or less. Monacan opened up a 14-point margin by the end of the contest while
Midlothian blew the doors open winning by close to 20. If the Titans feel as though they’re heading in the right direction it’s probably because they are.
OFFENSE: The Cosby offense wasn’t as bad as it appeared on paper last season. Through the first five games of the season the Titans averaged almost 18 points per contest. However, through the last five games of the season Cosby was only able to muster nine points per game. At the end of the day, the personnel and the production is there for Cosby to build a great offense. It the Titans can sustain the same energy they did the first five games for an entire season, we may be watching them progressively evolving right in front of our eyes.
Hampton Miller, Anthony Gray, and Aaron Birchmeier are the newcomers on the offensive line and will seek guidance from senior’s Justin Martin and John Mill. Jake Shelek has a firm grasp on the
quarterback position and will have Ethan West, Erick Smith, and Matthew Channell at his disposal at wide receiver. Cole Magnusen and Michael Bourne will form a one-two punch out of the backfield and split running back duties.
DEFENSE: Similar to the Titans offense from a season ago, Cosby was just a few moves away from turning this defense into one that should be respected. Despite giving up a little less than 20 points per contest, it was their best defensive output since the 2015 football season.
The defense is anchored by North Carolina commit and starting linebacker Ethan West. Zach Koller, Cole Magnusen, and Justin Martin round-out the notables at linebacker. Cosby’s base defense calls for three primary linemen. Anthony Gray, Phoenix Knight, and Ethen Murphy will provide support on the defensive front. The Titans hold a couple of lock-down defensive backs in Michael Bourne and Keylin Jackson while Matthew Channell and Mac McNeil provide safety support over the top.
Midlothian High School
Coach: Matthew Hutchings
2018 Record: 6-5 (lost to Eastern View in Region 4B Quarter-finals)
Mascot: Trojans (blue and gold)
2019 Projected Finish: 5-5
Midlothian came on as a bit of a surprise this past season. From 2013 to 2017 the Trojans posted a record of 14-37 accruing a losing streak of at least three contests in each of the last six seasons. However, third-year head coach Matthew Hutchings and his coaching staff was able to make a breakthrough last year where change showed up on the football field as well as off the football field. You could kind of see this coming during the 2017 football season also.
The Trojans finished the year with a 5-6 record in 2017 and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1986. Just to give you some perspective; Brad Daugherty was the first pick in the NBA draft during that year, Bo Jackson was drafted by Tampa Bay (but we all know how that turned out), and Top Gun was the highest grossing movie that year. I’d say the Trojans are starting to trend north and to stay that way they’ll need consistency out of their skill positions moving forward.
“Our skill positions are outstanding this year,” Coach Hutchings explained. “We have a lot of talent on the edge and at the running back position. The depth is coming on strong as well.”
OFFENSE: One of the biggest concerns for the Trojans this season on the offensive side of the ball will be getting their new players to catch on rather quickly. Midlothian only has three starters returning from last year’s squad with one being quarterback Christian Chambers (2020 QB 6-1 190). The senior quarterback committed to James Madison in October of last year and will be playing baseball for the Dukes upon graduation. However, he hasn’t let his decision influence his play on the football field in the slightest way.
Chambers went 109-of-231 for 1,277 passing yards last season and seven touchdowns as well as 480 yards on the ground with three touchdowns to go along with it. He’ll rely on returning tight end Jimmy Lopez (2021 TE 6-3 200) as well as Braeden Lee (2021 WR 5-10 170) and Jovontae Smith (2022 WR 6-1 180) to help elevate his passing game. The offensive line is also young and unproven at this current moment in time. In the same breath, it’s highlighted by James Oliver (2020 OL 6-3 240) who is the only returning starter from last season as well as Matt Synder (2021 OL 6-3 230) and Declan Harrington (2022 OL 5-9 260). The running back group for Midlothian has a consistent combination of size and speed. Ed Clark (2021 RB 6-1 210) and Kameron Olds (2021 RB 6-2 220) provide the power while three-sport athlete Brian Davis (2020 RB 5-10 200) brings a little more agility and speed.
“If the offensive line holds up and can mature quickly, we will have a potent offense with lots of different weapons,” Coach Hutchings stated.
DEFENSE: In contrast to the low flying play of the offense last year, the defense for the Trojans was by far the better unit. The 21 points per contest allowed by the Midlothian defense this past season was the lowest posted by their defense since 2012. Coincidently, this was the last season the Trojans were able to win at least six contests in a year. It’ll be interesting to see how well the Midlothian defense can hold up next year without its leader in Brayden Staib. William and Mary came calling back in February and Staib made the decision to roll with the Tribe for the next two to four years.
His 116 tackles will be difficult to replace heading into this season as the Trojans only return two starters from last year’s unit. And yet still the front seven for Midlothian projects to be a tough unit to crack moving forward. Notables on the defensive line include Donovan Hawkins (2021 DL 6-1 300) and Ed Clark (2021 DL 6-1 210). The linebackers hold a little more depth at the moment and only one of them is returning to start from last year’s squad that being Jimmy Lopez (2021 LB 6-3 200). Anthony Schwartz (2021 LB 5-11 180), Brian Davis (2020 LB 5-10 200), Connor Bullock (2021 LB 5-11 160), and Kameron Olds (2021 LB 6-2 220) are the other linebackers to keep an eye on. Josh Huft (2020 DB 5-10 160) is your lone returning starter at defensive back as Neil Richburg will be hard to replace who picked off six passes last season. Justin Kopecko (2020 DB 6-0 200) is poised to play on the opposite of Huft.
“The secondary lost some key pieces last year so there will be some shoes to fill on the back end,” Coach Hutchings said. “There is also some youth that needs to get acclimated to the speed of varsity football. If the secondary plays up to their potential and we click as a unit, we can be one of the better defenses in the area.”
James River High School
Coach: James Riley, III
2018 Record: 3-8 (lost to Manchester in Region 6A Quarter-finals)
Mascot: Rapids (green, purple, and white)
2019 Projected Finish (regular season): 3-8
From a front office perspective, the Rapids will be looking for stability this upcoming season with James Riley, III now at the helm. Over the last two seasons, Bobby Henderson went 9-13 and was able to lead James River to consecutive playoff appearances in 2017 and 2018. The topic of discussion this upcoming season will be the continued emergence of now second-year quarterback Reece Hamilton.
The sophomore quarterback endured slight growing pains in his initial season as starter which just so happened to be his freshman year. Hamilton was thrown in the line of fire against the likes of Manchester, Monacan, and L.C. Bird and proved that he could endure the mental challenges that come with being such a young quarterback. The James River product went 117-of-237 last season passing for 1,643 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions. It will be interesting to see how a change in culture at James River will lay the foundation for future seasons to come for Coach Riley.
“We have been working incredibly hard to change the culture of our program, and while we still have work to do we have been making great strides,” Coach Riley explained. “We have weekly leadership lessons and in depth conversation on what makes a great leader. We have changed the way we lift, practice, and communicate. If it does not make sense to us or make us better, then eliminate it. This has allowed for us to get a lot more accomplished in the off-season.
OFFENSE: One of the major strengths this season for the Rapids will be their offensive line which will consist of Jaellen Rose, Ronte Williams, Avion Pizarro, Elijah Mayo, and Aaron Turnage. James River is fortunate to have three running backs in the fold all primed to make a difference on the offensive side of the ball which includes Chris Holloway, Terrael Hayden, and Anthony Scrivener.
Last year’s receiving group was headlined by Conner Dusenbury who decided to make Virginia Tech his home for the next four years back in early May. Hasan Gibson and Jalen Jordan also came up huge for the Rapids last season. This year getting Cory Brown, Jacob Snidow, and Gavin Morris up to speed will be important for the rest of the offense. It’ll be especially important for both Reece Hamilton and Brian Moran. Both quarterbacks have been in a heated quarterback competition over the summer and while Hamilton is a little more experienced, Moran brings a different dynamic to the offense.
DEFENSE: “The defensive line will be fast and aggressive which will help us in both the pass and run game,” Coach Riley stated.
It’s always going to start up front with the defensive line. But as a unit last season, James River had a hard time getting hands on many of the offenses it faced. Manchester laid out 79 points during a week six battle, Riverbend dropped 54 points in week one, and Huguenot paced itself for 46 points in week three on the Rapids defense. Jaellen Rose, Matthew Rumsey, Matthew Rumsey, Charlie Cavallaro, and Derrick Hall make up the defensive line.
Cavallaro will be a prospect to keep your eye on moving forward. He missed most of his freshman year due to injury, but he’s been back on the radar ever since he returned.
The linebackers are a fairly mature unit for the Rapids which include Ben Wallace and Qamaine Thomas. Wallace is a three-sport athlete that constantly has his eyes on film. Currently he’s trending in an upward direction and is poised to be of one the leaders of the James River defense. The secondary will have plenty of bodies at its disposal on the defensive side of the ball. Brevin Morris, Josiah Davis, Grady Pereria, Griffin Newsome, Nick Hobbs, and Tim Galolo round out a stout defensive back unit. At the end of the day, how the Rapids handle success and failure will determine future success for James River.
“We spend time training the mind and heart,” Coach Riley said. “We talk about how we deal with adversity. During the season, we are going to face adversity and how we deal with adversity will determine how successful we will be in the future. We are a young and talented team, but distractions are everywhere. There is only so much as coaches we can do to protect them from said distractions. We teach them the skills and we pray they use those skills to avoid distractions.”
– Brandon Mitchell
The Huguenot preview was covered by recruit804 correspondent Byron Jones at the Media Day Kickoff at John Marshall High School on August 10-