Lancaster Red Devils pile on to a Mathews Blue Devil runner during last week’s JV blowout game in Lancaster. Photo by Renss Greene
Although school records aren’t kept for JV football, Lancaster High coach Markus Ferguson is pretty sure his team is breaking some. The Devils are averaging 61 points per game and have outscored their opponents by an average of 52 points an outing in their first two games.
“The guys that came out, they work hard,” said Ferguson. “They know that nobody is going to hand you anything. You’ve got to work for it. And they are buying into that.”
Ferguson, a technology teacher at Lancaster Middle School, is the new JV head coach, after serving as an assistant JV and varsity coach for the past four years. His assistant is Robert Wick. The two took the Devils to King & Queen two weeks ago, when they pounded the Royal Tigers, 68-18, in the season opener. They opened at home last Wednesday with a 54-0 shutout of Mathews. The Devils led 38-0 at halftime of that game.
“Even when we put the subs in, those guys really want it. They come in and perform,” said Ferguson, who suits up 38 on this year’s team.
Leading the offense is sophomore quarterback Deamonte Sutton and freshman running back James Coleman. Sutton’s targets are wide receivers eighth-grader Darius Reed, freshmen Marcus Lee, Jayquon Dillion and Kshawn Adams, and sophomore Shyheim Noel and freshmen tight ends Elijah Haynes and Shawn Sutton. Sophomore Trevon Henderson will also play tight end. Dillion will back up Sutton at quarterback.
Playing on the offensive and defensive lines are eighth-graders Hayden Davenport, DeMarcus Doggett, Jayson Gill, Kaimion Crockett and Cody Newbill, freshmen Marcus Vickers, Ralph Waller, Diante Smith, Jamill Redmond, Jervall Kelly, Malik Freeman and Donovan Gregory and sophomores Matthew Abbott, Lane Brocklebank, QuJuan Sutton, James Coates, William Elmore and Joshua Thomas.
The linebacking corps includes freshmen De’Andre Wade, DiVaris Redmond, Brandon Hill and Jahlil Nickens, Grant Long and eighth-graders Martez Davis and Arik Clayton.
Playing at the corners will be sophomore Darrian Doggett, freshmen Dakwain Veney, Calvin Henderson, Orlando Johnson and Marcus Lee and eighth-graders Malik Ball and Karon Ball.
The Devils look to improve on their unbeaten record on Wednesday, October 2, when they host West Point. Lancaster begins Northern Neck District play on Wednesday, October 9, at Washington & Lee.
October 2 West Point
October 9 at Washington & Lee
October 16 Rappahannock
October 23 at Essex
October 30 at Colonial Beach
November 6 Northumberland