Coach: Cory Smith, fourth season (7-27)
2018 Record: 3-8, 2-2 in Rocky River 2A/3A
Returning Starters: Offense, 7; Defense, 7
Inside the Huddle
The Yellow Jackets were doomed last season by a defense that gave up 22 or more points in every game. In its three wins, the team allowed 17.3 points per game while surrendering 48 per contest in the eight losses. That’s a huge area of concern entering 2019.
The Jackets will turn to linebackers Brett Springs and Sean Hunter to start the turnaround. Both had productive seasons and return a year stronger and more experienced.
Up front, Romel Wright plays like a grown man and along with Zach Evans is in line for a very productive season.
Defensive backs Ahmad Stafford, Markyle Crowder, Tyquan Rushing and Queshawn Blakeney are lightning quick to the ball and interchangeable in the secondary. Hopefully, Derrick Bright and JJ Williams, once he returns from injury, can provide depth and get those guys off the field some.
The offense will again be lethal after scoring nearly 26 points per game last season. The offensive line entered 2018 having not started a single varsity game between them, but are now a strength led by Jake Mullis and Harrison Hinson.
That will benefit Stafford and Crowder, who will split carries early on as they look for one to emerge.
Quarterback Cannon Davis has been productive on the JV level and will have Rushing, Blakeney, Bright, Burch and Travis Horne all looking for touches on the outside.
Behind their experienced offensive line and an improved defense, the Yellow Jackets should take a big step forward this year. With their playmakers on offense, new quarterback Cannon Davis could push them even further.
QB: Cannon Davis; RB: Ahmad Stafford/Makyle Crowder; WR: Tyquan Rushing/Derrick Bright; WR: Queshawn Blakeney/Jaqulin Burch; WR: JJ Williams/Travis Horne; TE: Romel Wright; LT: Jake Mullis; LG: Brian Smith; C: Harrison Hinson; RG: Rowen Starnes; and RT: Christian Kirby/Luke Baker.
DE: Romel Wright; DE: Zach Evans; DT: Jonathan Helms; DT: Luke Baker/Shyheim Burch; LB: Brett Springs; LB: Sean Hunter; LB: JJ Williams; CB: Ahmad Stafford/Makyle Crowder; CB: Tyquan Rushing/Derrick Bright; S: Queshawn Blakeney; and S: Jayden Avalos/Travis Horne.
K: John Breeden; P: John Breeden; P Ret: Tyquan Rushing/Queshawn Blakeney; and K Ret: Ahmad Stafford/Makyle Crowder.