FLORENCE – Jeff Griffith took on the challenge of restoring a proud program to its rightful heritage last year.
The second-year head coach knows he has plenty of work to do after the Rebels failed to win a game last year and only one the year before that.
Griffith and a roster that numbers about 60 players will look to take on the challenges of the tough 6A district and competition from its county foes.
Top players are senior Carlos Figueroa, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound receiver/defensive back; Jesse Bowling, a 6-2, 260 lineman; and senior quarterback Jamar Lamb, 5-11, 170.
Lamb went down to injury last season, which was a big blow to the Rebels, but has come back strong and played well in Boone’s scrimmage against Louisville Butler.
“(We) will try to rebound after an 0-11 campaign in 2013,” coach Griffith said. “We’re cautiously optimistic of having some success with the return of quarterback Jamar Lamb. In order to have a successful season, we will need to stay healthy and continue to improve in the second year of new offensive and defensive schemes.”
Offensive production will be crucial, as the Rebels scored in double digits only once in their first eight games, and only once had more than 17 points as they averaged just 10 points a game.
Figueroa, Michael Bacigalupo and Deshaun Pickett are seniors who will be three of the top targets in the offense. Juniors Dylon Bishop and Jake Damaschko, and sophomore Rondell Douglas are also in the mix.
Senior running back Jerry Marshall returns, bringing a tough but quick running style to the Rebels’ spread offense. Boone returns only one starter on the offensive line, a big one in Bowling, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound presence, and also has a young receiving corps, but Griffith feels the talent and potential are there.
The defense is in transition as well, with Figueroa leading the way. Amadou Diaw leads the secondary. Others to watch include linebackers Chandler Feinhaur, Jacob Schlarman and Isaiah Jackson; and senior lineman Ravon Foster.
The schedule is the same opponents as last year, with Covington Catholic and 5A county foes Conner Cooper. In addition to its four 6A district foes, Boone will play Lexington teams Lafayette, Henry Clay and Lexington Catholic, the same as 2013.
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