Clarksburg wants it all

[caption id="attachment_3313" align="alignleft" width="111"] Head coach Larry Hurd last season with his quarterback.[/caption]

Head coach: Larry Hurd (7th season)

2011 record: 5-5

Returning offensive starters: 3

Returning defensive starters: 6

Likely toughest opponent: Damascus, Quince Orchard

Offensive Strength: Rushing attack

Offensive weakness: Inexperience at Quarterback

Defensive strength: Defensive backfield

Defense weakness: Stopping the run

Offensive outlook: Jaylen Little and Naim Reid both rushed for over 800 yards as sophomores, but neither played in their sophomore year. This year, both talented tailbacks return as seniors, and should provide a formidable one-two punch at the tailback position. Junior Kevin Sheehan and Sophomore Joey Nacci will compete for time under center, but there is no doubt that these Coyotes will be run-oriented.

Defensive outlook: The Coyotes return every defensive back from last year. Jared Thompson, Trevel Johnson, and Dagogo Ibiebele will combine to be one of the county’s most lethal defensive backfields in 2012. Terrell Drakeford is a sophomore that will be counted on to produced upfront, the rest of the defensive line is a question mark for Clarksburg.

Special Teams: Tavis Holland will likely dominate the Coyotes special teams headlines in 2012. The sophomore will be the kicker and punter for Clarksburg and will compete to be the team’s kick returner as well.

 Coach’s Comments: “We have a fairly young, but very, very talented group. We’re excited about this season, but we have to face a 4A schedule, which we know can be very difficult.”

Scouting report: The return of Little and Reid should draw the attention of opponents, but those two backs will likely often faced nine men stacked in the box since the Coyotes lack an established passing threat. Defensively, the Coyotes should be as potent as any team in the county lead by a potential dominant backfield.

Breakaway Potential: If the backfield duo can pick up where they left off as sophomores and the Coyotes receive relatively consistent play under center, Clarksburg could certainly be over .500 when the season ends for the first time since 2009. The emergence and maturation of young players like Holland and Drakeford could determine the Coyotes postseason fate if everything else falls into place.

Date Time Opponent Venue Result Score Trans. Notes Summary
08/31/2012 6:30 PM (A) DAMASCUS HIGH
09/07/2012 6:30 PM (H) WALTER JOHNSON HIGH
09/21/2012 6:30 PM (A) WATKINS MILL HIGH
09/28/2012 6:30 PM (A) NORTHWEST HIGH
10/05/2012 6:30 PM (H) GAITHERSBURG HIGH
10/12/2012 6:30 PM (H) COL. ZADOK MAGRUDER HIGH
10/19/2012 6:30 PM (A) QUINCE ORCHARD HIGH
11/02/2012 6:30 PM (H) SPRINGBROOK HIGH

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