Coach: David Johnson, sixth season (34-32, 43-43 overall)
2017 Record: 5-8, 3-4
Southern Carolina Conference
Returning Starters: Offense, 6; Defense, 5
Cuthbertson returns most of its offensive firepower and 40 total lettermen from last year’s team. The Cavs upset Alexander Central in the first round of the playoffs before losing to conference rival Sun Valley in the second round last season, and coach David Johnson said the extra two weeks of practice was a boost for a team then dominated by underclassmen.
Senior quarterback Davis Walker is back after completing 190-339 passes and throwing for 2,314 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2017. Receiver Trevor Grant is also back after catching 41 passes for 666 yards and eight touchdowns. Jayden Jennings will be another top target after having 12 receptions for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior running back Myles Wallace is also back after rushing for 1,213 yards and 11 touchdowns.
“We are excited about our prospects, offensively,” Johnson said. “It starts with Trevor, Davis and Myles. Davis had a really good year last year, and this is his fourth year in the offense. He has been through the fire. He is our leader and we go as he goes. Myles is one of the best, if not the best, running backs in the conference.”
Jarred Jennings, Myles Lopez and Noah Schiefelbein bring experience to the offensive line. Peyton Tully, a transfer from Edmund, Okla., is also expected to help up front.
The defense will be anchored by senior linebacker Josh Sepe, who led the team take out with 157 tackles a year ago.
Linebacker Chris Panko returns after recording 83 tackles as a junior. Defensive backs Jackson Cheek and Robbie Crump will bring experience to the defense.
Cuthbertson must replace its entire defensive front but seniors Addison Hedin and Chinedu Iheme saw extensive playing time a year ago.
Senior Brendan Sroczynski returns and will handle all the kicking duties. He made 18-21 PAT attempts and six of eight field goal attempts last season. Wallace will be a threat returning kicks.