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2019 Team Previews: West Catholic Burrs (12)

Written by: on Thursday, August 1st, 2019. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Brian Wood

Assistant Coaches: Vernard Abrams, Castell Green, Brandon Hollomon, Tristan Freeman, Keith Morrison, Omar Sanders, Omar Clark, Erik Staley, Virgil Shepherd

Team Name: West Catholic Burrs

2018 Record: 12-3

Twitter: @wcp_athletics

Hudl Highlights

Key losses: AJ, Seth Degree, Dame Studstill and Kha’Jey Frazier

Offensive Starters Returning: (7) Sr. 6’0” 300 C Rickquan Rivera, 6’1” 270, Sr. OT Dave Atkins, 6’2 290, Sr. QB Zaire Hart-Hawkins 6’1 175,  5’ 11” 240 Sr. WR Justino Griggs, 5’10” 160, Sr. WR Carl Smith, 5’11 165, Sr. WR Julio Dasilva, 6’1” 175, Sr. RB Nelson Mandela-Mensah 5’10 215

Defensive Starters Returning: (4) Sr. 6’0 185 Shakur Smalls, Sr. 5’10 220 William Tallington, Sr. 5’10 180 Troy Athill. Sr. 6’0” 300 C Rickquan Rivera

Key Newcomers: (1)  So. RB Marcell Jackson, 5’6” 160,

D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects: Zaire Hart-Hawkins, Shakur Smalls, Carl Smith, Justino Griggs, Rickquan Rivera, Julio DaSilva, Troy Athill

2019 Outlook: Please let us know the keys about your team on offense, defense and special teams. What are your keys to having a successful year?

(We have our Quarterback and a few skill guys who made significant contributions to last year’s team. With a few young players who need to fill in some shoes, we look to have an explosive offense with many option to make plays. If we can get consistent line play, our offense looks to pick up where we left off)

Offense: Our offensive line needs to be able to control the line of scrimmage and take control. We need to play unselfish football and Finish in the 4thQuarter.

Defense: The defense needs to have great communication and not have many mental mistakes to be successful.  This defense will Swarm to the ball and be aggressive as much as possible.

Special Team: Our special teams needs to be able to give us great field position and win this part of the game.

Keys to a successful year will be how the team continues to grow and learn the new system.  The team will focus on the “Controlling the Controllable”.  We will not worry about the schedule and who we face.  The only game that’s important is the next.  We will have a “1-0” Mentality every week.

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