Cane Ridge has a young football team with only 10 seniors, but coach Jonathan Parks believes the Ravens can still make their third straight Class 6A playoff appearance.
“We’re young, but I think we’ve got some good skill guys,” Parks said. “We’re young up front, but we’re athletic around the guys up front. We’ve got an experienced quarterback (Tyler Caruthers), we’ve got a bunch of depth at our skill positions so we’re going to be able to move people in and out defensively.”
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All five of the offensive linemen who helped running back Nick Fuqua rush for 2,011 yards and 16 touchdowns last season graduated. Fuqua transferred to Overton. Quarterback Cortland Owens transferred to Riverdale.
“We only have two seniors on our offensive line up front,” Parks said. “The rest are sophomores.”
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Cane Ridge will go running back by committee with different packages.
“There’s one package that we have a bunch of tall basketball guys,” Parks said. “There’s one that we have some shorter, stumpier guys, there’s another where it’s all our small quick guys in.”
Derrick Tucker will start at running back, but he will also be used at wide out and slot receiver. He has an offer from Austin Peay as a cornerback or receiver.
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The Ravens open up at archrival Antioch on Friday.
“I think it’s motivating,” Parks said. “That’s the one thing that got our kids here during the summer and motivated them to be here all summer long. We knew that every scrimmage we went to that’s what we were preparing for. I think it’s good that we play them first.”
Cane Ridge lost its first four game last year before winning its next six. The Ravens finished 6-5 after a first-round loss to Ravenwood in the playoffs.
“That’s our goal every year going it to it – going to the playoffs and making a run at the state championship,” Parks said. “So our kids aren’t going to settle for anything less. We plan on making the playoffs this year just like we do every year.”