Coach: Justin Frashier, fourth season (15-21)
2018 Record: 3-8, 1-6 in Southern Piedmont
Returning Starters: Offense, 7; Defense, 8
Inside the Huddle
The losses started mounting for the Cardinals after a 3-2 start last season as they lost six straight games to close it out.
But the page has turned, and coach Justin Frashier is optimistic about the changes he’s made.
Offensively, they will run mostly a wishbone-type offense spearheaded by new converted quarterback Josh Harris. Ideally, running back Isaac King would get 20 carries or more, but he’ll split time with Parkwood transfer Jarvis Landry.
When the Cardinals do throw it, athletic receiver Derek Young Jr. (68 catches, 987 yards and 12 touchdowns) will most often benefit from it, although Jalen Hickman and Colson Honeycutt will get plenty of balls thrown their way, too.
Up front, Illinois commit Phifer Griffin leads the biggest line Frashier has had in his five years.
Defensively, the Cardinals will use a 5-3 defense with Griffin, Young and Josh Pyrock leading the way.
Colson Honeycutt, Elijah Landry and Elijah Williams make up a great linebacker corps while King and Landry lead a good, yet thin, secondary.
The Cardinals haven’t yet settled on a kicker or punter.
The Cardinals were disappointed with last season. They will be making changes to try to keep the ball in their possession longer and switching to a 5-3 to help cut down on the run game and keep their opponents contained. The Pac-7 is a brutal 1A league, but the Cardinals should be better.
QB: Josh Harris; FB: Danny Beare/Hayden Bradley; RB: Isaac King/Jarvis Landry; WR: Derek Young, Jr. ; WR: Jalen Hickman; TE: Colson Honeycutt; LT: Phifer Griffin; LG: Bayden Baucom; C: Gavin Melton ; RG: Nick Stafford; and RT: David Hollingsworth.
DE: Elijah Landry; DE: Derek Young Jr.; DE: Josh Pyrock; DT: Connor Riley; DT: Phifer Griffin; LB: Josiah Hemphill; LB: Colson Honeycutt; LB: Elijah Williams; CB: Jarvis Landry; CB: Isaac King; and S: Adam Plyler.
P Ret: Jarvis Landry/Derek Young and K Ret: Isaac King.
Jonah Ferguson (QB)