Coach: Johnny Sowell, 15th season (127-62)
2018 Record: 7-6, 3-4 in Southern Carolinas
Returning Starters: Offense, 7; Defense, 7
Inside the Huddle
There may not be a better trio of receivers than what the Redhawks can put on the field with Salen Streater, Jordan Black and super sophomore Shaleak Knotts (51 catches, 757 yards and 10 touchdowns). That athleticism is their biggest strength.
New quarterback Matt Bennett, an Ardrey Kell transfer who began last season as the Knights starter, should flourish behind an offensive line featuring the Rushing twins and Montavious Watters. The line is very big physically, but a little thin in numbers.
Monroe graduated its top six rushers from last year, but Metrolina Christian transfer Jack Crump should help soften that blow after he ran for more than 1,000 yards and scored 11 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Like on offense at the receiver position, the Redhawks can go six or seven deep in the secondary, and they’re all interchangeable parts. Elijah Funderburke and Jyilyque Holeman may be the standouts of that unit.
Crump is a sure tackler. He will team with Damian Sanchez and Ricardo Brown to form a good set of linebackers.
Up front, like on offense, the Redhawks are talented but will need to stay healthy.
The Redhawks made some noise in league play last year, even upsetting Marvin Ridge. Expect that trend to continue this fall with athletes on both sides of the ball who should help keep Monroe in every game. Health is always an issue, but Bennett has to play well and stay on the field if the team is to reach its full potential.
QB: Matt Bennett; RB: Tezien Grier/Jack Crump; WR: Shaleak Knotts; WR: Salen Streater; WR: Jordan Black; WR: Elliott Reid ; OL: Je’marion Rushing; OL: Omarion Rushing; OL: Montavious Watters; OL: Jadarius Perry; and OL: Omarion Huntley/Zeke Griffin.
DE: Jalen Smith/Maximus Helms; DE: Omarion Huntley/Jalen Smith; DT: Je’marion Rushing/Nick Chambers; DT: Omarion Rushing; LB: Jack Crump; LB: Damian Sanchez; LB: Ricardo Brown; CB: Elijah Funderburke; CB: Jyilyque Holeman; S: Elliott Reid/Shaleak Knotts; and S: Shemar Streater/Salen Streater.
K: Chris Andon; P: Chris Andon; P Ret: Salen Streater; and K Ret: Shaleak Knotts.
Jaikhob Covington (WR/DB); Shemar Streater (WR/DB); Ricardo Brown (RB/DB); and Jaqluin Birch (WR/LB).