Charles J. Colgan WR Peter Medawar (Photo: Mike Caudill/recruitNoVA)
Colgan Begins 6A Play with High Hopes
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Team: Charles Colgan (Manassas, VA)
2016 Record – 0-0 (Varsity play begins this year; JV was 8-1 in 2016)
Head Coach – Steve Baudendistel
Mascot – Sharks
It’s an exciting time to be a Shark – a Colgan Shark, that is.
The Prince William school begins varsity play in football on August 26, with an away game at Forest Park. With the upgrade in competition, games will be tougher for Colgan, but there are plenty of reasons for optimism.
First, the football team is not the first at the new school to field a varsity team. In fact, Colgan has found relative success in other sports, especially boys track which featured two 6A state champions and top-ten finishes for indoor and outdoor track. Second, many of the players were part of last year’s JV squad which finished with an impressive 8-1 record while playing a schedule loaded with 6A opponents.
Coach Steve Baudendistel knows where his team’s strengths lie. “We have a lot of talent at the offensive skill positions,” said Baudendistel. Many of the skill players lack weight, but bring an asset to the field.
Junior Justin Kapp is penciled in at quarterback. Kapp (6-1, 170) started his high school career at powerhouse DeMatha High in Maryland, before transferring to the new school, which is within a mile of his home. Kapp led the JV team last year, and brings talents as a pocket passer and runner to the Shark attack.
Behind him will be speedster Justin Bell. Bell (5-8, 160) is “a threat to score each time he touches the ball,” according to Baudendistel. Colgan also boasts a quartet of capable wideouts, with senior Kaeleb Carter likely to be a favorite target with his 6-4 frame and leaping ability from doubling as a basketball player.
Liam Smith (6-1, 235) is he senior leader of the O-line, but a lot of runs will also go behind sophomore George Neiser, who is already big and powerful at 6-3 and 295 pounds.
Baudendistel likes the versatility and athleticism of his linebacking corps which consists of Clayton Bellamy (5-11, 180, Sr.), John Cook (6-0, 180, Jr.) and Anthony Vilatoro (5-9, 175, Jr.). Huey Bodger (5-10, 215, Jr.) will lead the defensive line. Chase Lundy is the featured defensive back, a unit that is young and largely untested with a sophomore and freshman among the starters.
Baudendistel hopes that the collective mental toughness of the Sharks will go a long way. “Even though this is our first “real” season, we need to rise up to the challenge of playing a full varsity schedule and prepare each week with the confidence of a veteran football program. In a district returning only two winning teams (Freedom, Hylton), a good mental attitude could help these Sharks swim to the middle of the Cardinal District standings – no small feat for a first-year squad.
Others to watch: Darrian Brokenburr (6-3, 215, OL, Jr.), John Neiser (6-0, 200, OL, Soph.), Adam Ripper (5-10, 175, OL, Soph.), Blake Edwards (5-9, 160, WR, Jr.), Josh Mumphrey (5-10, 160, WR, Sr.), Peter Medawar (5-8, 145, WR, Jr.), Romeo Bowen (6-3, 225, DL, Jr.), Cesar Rodriguez (5-7, 215, DL, Jr.), Bazeleel Frimpong (6-0, 230, DL, Jr.), Mike Gerhart (5-10, 155, DB, Soph.), Sam Bowen (6-0, 190, DB, Fr.), Hakeem Sanusi (5-7, 140, DB, Jr.), Trevor Ridley (LB), Andrew Brown (DL), Jordan Bradford (OL), Kam McMillan (DB), Odin Brock (RB).
– Jim McGrath