Class D, Division V
LAST SEASON: 2-7
The Eagles lost only three seniors from last year’s squad and only center Scott Barnhart was a starter, but it was a big loss. “He really controlled the huddle and the line for us,” coach Jeremiah Johnson said of Barnhart.
To make up for the big loss, the Eagles look to an offensive and defensive line that might be best described as big and bigger. Second-year coach Johnson has a line that averages 245 pounds.
When lining up on the offensive side of the ball, Scott Bowie (sr.) will start at center, the guards will be Dan Babcock (sr.) and Zach Gifford (so.) and the tackles will platoon between Tyler Shirkey (so.), Sean Merrill (sr.) and Brandon Jones (sr.).
The defensive side of the ball for the Eagles will look a bit different with Mike McDonald, who coached in the Walton School District last year, taking over play-calling for a defense that allowed 276 points a season ago.
The Eagles return quarterback Matt Mills who rushed for 373 yards and two touchdowns, and added 632 yards and six touchdowns through the air. Joining Mills in the backfield will be any number of players. “We’ve got nine kids that are going to cary the ball,” Johnson stated, noting that his biggest decision will be which of the nine will get the majority of the carries.
Marcus Shaver, a 6-foot, 235-pound back (sr.), will see a bulk of the carries with Dane Edwards (jr.), who rushed for 242 yards on 32 carries last season joining him. Also figuring to see carries are Ethan Wormouth (so.) and Ron Ballard (so.).
Even though Deposit/Hancock only lost three seniors, the team is still young, with only six seniors and four juniors on the roster.
— Jeremiah McElwain