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August 01, 2017

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AUGUST 2 - 8, 2017 UCW 25 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 2016 record: 3-8 | Coach: Brian Randolph Top returners: C.J. Davis, 5-10, 153, Sr., WR; Preston Wise, 6-1, 253, Sr., OL; Brennan Shortridge, 5-11, 172, Jr., QB; Cornell Raynor, 5-10, 175, Jr., RB; Jaden O'Leary, 6-0, 200, Sr., TE; Virginyle Monroe, 6-0, 272, Jr., DL; Malcolm Faulkner, 5-11, 170, Sr., LB; Jaleel Johnson, 5-1, 160, Sr., DB; Mike Harris, 5-9, 206, Sr., LB; Christian Davis, 5-7, 142, Sr., DB. Top newcomers: Barry Elliott, 5-10, 151, Sr., WR; Malik Graddy, 5-8, 150, Sr., WR/DB; Marcus Sanders-Johnson, 5-6, 200, Sr., OL/DL; Jeremiah Hamilton, 5-9, 260, Sr., OL; Chancellor Johnson, 5-10, 158, Jr., RB; Corey Simmons, 6-1, 236, Sr., OL; Nico Perofeta, 6-0, 240, Jr., DL; Donta McGregor, 5-6, 157, Sr., DB; Michael Matthews, 6-0, 233, Jr., LB; Erik Martinez, 5-9, 185, Jr., LB. Team strengths: "We will have great depth at our skill positions. This sea- son there will be several guys on the team that received a significant number of reps as sophomores. The experience they gained will be the core foundation of our team.'' Team concerns: "Our returning senior class will be very small, only six returning senior starters from the 2016 season. We also lack depth at the offen- sive and defensive line positions. Several young players will have the opportu- nity to perform early and often.'' Coach's comment: "The players and coaches have worked extremely hard in the offseason and are motivated to improve upon the 2016 football season. Jack Britt has built a tradition of being one of the top programs in the region, and we intend on continuing that tradition. We want to put out a product that Jack Britt, the parents and the community at large can be proud of.'' Jack Britt Preview by EARL VAUGHAN JR. Cape Fear Preview by EARL VAUGHAN JR. 2016 record: 15-1 (4-A East Regional champion) | Coach: Jacob Thomas Top returners: Justice Galloway-Velazquez, 6-2, 240, Sr., QB; Tyone Tillman, 5-11, 185, Sr., WR/SS; Tyler McCoy, 5-10, 170, Sr., WR/DB; Joey Saldana, 5-10, 180, Sr., DT; Chris Matthews, 6-0, 220, Sr., LB/FB; Austin Hunt, 6-1, 205, Jr., LB/ FB; Austin Blackwell, 6-1, 175, Sr., LB; Josh Jones, 6-3, 255, Sr., DT/OL; Noah Rowsey, 5-11, 225, Jr., OL/DT; Kyshawn McLean, 5-9, 140, Sr., CB/WR. Top newcomers: Caleb Krings, 6-2, 250, So., OL; Marcus Jackson, 6-1, 225, Jr., OL/DL; Zaire Boykin, 6-0, 190, Jr., RB; J'Velus Peterson, 6-0, 205, Jr., RB; Sincere Hale, 5-11, 225, Jr., OL; Nick Minnacapelli, 5-10, 195, So., OL/DL; Derrick Whitted, 5-100, 190, So., LB; Jalen Hudson, 6-4, 220, So., S. Team strengths: "We have a really strong group of seniors. Their leadership and commitment has been outstanding this summer. They are led by our four- year starters, quarterback Justice Galloway-Velazquez and linebacker Chris Matthews.'' Team concerns: "The biggest concerns this year will be replacing the offen- sive line, running backs and team depth. With only one returning starter on the offensive line we will be very young up front.'' Coach's comment: "Trying to build off of what we did last year, we know it's not going to be easy. It's going to take a lot of hard work and commitment. We know we are going to get everyone's best shot, and we are doing our best to prepare for that.'' Top newcomer Michael Matthews Top returner Virginyle Monroe Jack Britt Coach Brian Randolph Top returner Justice Galloway- Velazquez Top newcomer Jalen Hudson Cape Fear Coach Jacob Thomas

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