, 2014

School is in for young JV Red Devils

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

The Lancaster junior varsity football team has gotten off to an 0-2 start. It wasn’t exactly what coach Draper Washington had hoped for, but he’s taking some positives out of his team’s early season losses.

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“I’m relying on a lot of first-year players,” said Washington. “I have a lot of eighth-graders playing key positions and they are new to high school level football. But they are making strides to get better.

“What we’re doing is introducing eighth-graders to the fundamentals and the weight room and hopefully teaching them what they need to know to be successful at the varsity level,” he added.

Washington fields a team of six sophomores, five freshmen and 13 eighth-graders. In fact, he starts an eighth-grader, Rayquawn Ball, at quarterback.

“Rayquawn is good. He’s talented,” said Washington. “But you’ve got to remember, he’s still an eighth-grader. And he’s got a lot to learn.”

Adding some experience to Washington’s offense are sophomore returning running backs Justin Washington and Carter Robbins, and sophomore returning wide receiver Tyrell Henderson. Sophomore Timothy McDaniel also returns to play tight end and sophomore Nick Green is back to play tackle.

Washington’s back-up quarterback is a sophomore newcomer, Jonathan Seal. He will also play outside linebacker.

Freshmen returners include Lane Brocklebank at guard, Kelvin Clayton at outside linebacker, James Coates at defensive end and Quante Sutton at center. Freshman Shyheim Noel is a newcomer who’ll play wide receiver.

Washington’s eighth-grade class includes James Coleman at inside linebacker, Ralph Coleman at wide receiver, Alex Green at guard, Donovan Gregory at tackle, Elijah Haynes at wide receiver, Trevon Henderson at wide receiver, Tahj Hodges at tight end, Demetrius Owens at tackle, Shawn Sutton at cornerback, Diante Smith at guard, Marcus Vickers at tackle and Billy Williamson at tackle.

Middlesex defeated Lancaster in the season opener, 35-26, and King & Queen got by the Devils, 26-22, last Wednesday. Lancaster will be at home Wednesday, September 26, against Arcadia. Game time is 6:30 p.m.


September 26 Arcadia

October 3 Washington & Lee

October 10 at Rappahannock

October 17 Essex

October 24 Colonial Beach

October 31 at Northumberland

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