WASHINGTON (WUSA) — Lake Braddock head coach Jim Poythress is as straight of a shooter as you’ll find in high school football. He expects his players to follow his directions or suffer the consequences.
When he took over the program back in 2005, Poythress inherited a bunch of party-happy senior football players, who refused to adapt to his intensity. What did Poythress do? He kicked off 20-plus members of the team.
“Guys hadn’t been in the weight room and done the work that we wanted,” said Poythress. At the time, the decision was unpopular, especially since the team went 0-10 with a bunch of promoted JV players. But ever since, Poythress has established himself as one of the elite coaches in the area.
Biggest Question: “We have six or seven wide receivers who can catch the ball. But who is going to make the big play?” asked Poythress. “In the past we had star receivers — Matt Zanellato, B.J. Johnson and the Quigley twins. Who will step up? There’s people with tools, but who will step up on Friday night and get it done?”
Record Last Season: 7-5
Strengths: Defensive Line. They have size — 320 pound junior nose guard Reece Burnett. They have speed — senior pass rusher Dean Doe. And the Bruins have strength — 255 pound Romario Peart, who has an offer from Robert Morris. It’ll be impossible for offensive lines to contain all three players.
Best Player: Quarterback Caleb Henderson. His unbelievable size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) already has colleges such as Michigan State and Ohio State drooling over his potential — and he’s just a junior. The West Potomac transfer “will be given the keys to the offense,” according to Poythress. Expect an increased amount of shotgun, five wide receivers sets and many high scoring games.
Breakthrough Player: Jason Hoskins. Coach Poythress will ask him to play both ways at running back and linebacker. Will his 5-foot-10, 180 pound frame hamper his abilities?
Why Fans Should Be Excited: The last time Lake Braddock had an elite quarterback was in 2009-2010. Michael Nebrich, formerly of UCONN and now with Fordham, led the Bruins to one state title game appearance and another deep playoff run. Similar expectations will be placed upon Caleb Henderson.