HS football preview: Charlotte Orioles

HS football preview: Charlotte Orioles

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HS football preview: Charlotte Orioles

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NEW LEAGUE, NEW TEAM

The Orioles enter the newly created Interstate Eight conference with a lot of new faces on the varsity roster. With just three returning starters, none on the offensive side of the ball, Charlotte will need to gel quickly. Perennial power Jackson Lumen Christi awaits in the league opener in week 2.

STILL BIG IN THE TRENCHES

Stephen Jones and Andrew Burdick were all-league defensive linemen last year, and will play both ways this fall. With key additions, including 6-6, 305-pound junior Mason Penix, Charlotte’s traditional bulk will be back on both lines.

RELY ON THE RUN GAME

Charlotte enjoys an abundance of talent at wide receiver but has an inexperienced quarterback in Jake Kossa. Look for the Orioles to rely on the running game early until the aerial attack has time to come together.

TOUGH SCHEDULE

Six teams on Charlotte’s schedule made the postseason last year. While no longer a league game, the regular-season finale against arch-rival Eaton Rapids, which defeated the Orioles twice last year including knocking them out in the Division 3 pre-district, could determine whether Charlotte makes the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

— Scott Yoshonis

ROSTER

NO. NAME …POSITION YEAR

2 Tyler Davis …S/DB…sr.

3 Jack Ripley …WR/DB…sr.

4 Collin Garn …QB/DB…jr.

5 Jacob Kossa …QB/DB…sr.

8 Tyler Bandy …WR/DB…jr.

10 Patrick Doty …WR/DB…sr.

11 Damon Bartlett …DB/LB…sr.

12 Blake Clevenger …WR/DB…jr.

15 Kyle West …WR/DB…jr.

16 Joey Ghiardi …RB/DB…sr.

18 Kyle Davids …RB/DB…sr.

20 Bryce Johnson …DB/LB…jr.

21 Sy Barnett …WR/DB/K…so.

23 Davis Saldana …WR/DB/LB…jr.

24 Justin Anderson …RB/DB…so.

28 Daniel Doty …WR/DB…jr.

30 Matt Donely …DB/WR…sr.

32 Brandon Johnson …S/DB…sr.

34 Gage Kayne …RB/LB…jr.

42 Chance Haight …TE/DL…so.

44 Andrew Lula …OL/DL…sr.

45 Quincey Wallace …TE/DL…jr.

48 Ben Vigil …TE/LB…sr.

51 Connor Hosey …OL/DL…jr.

52 Stephen Jones …OL/DL…sr.

53 Tony Worden …OL/DL…jr.

54 Caleb Hutting …OL/DL…sr.

56 John Brooks …OL/LB…jr.

58 Chris Conner …OL/DL…jr.

61 Andrew Burdick …OL/DL…jr.

62 Mikey Demello …OL/DL…jr.

67 Carson Campbell …OL/DL…sr.

73 Geoffrey Emery …OL/DL…sr.

75 Mason Penix …OL/DL…jr.

77 C.J. Cuff …OL/DL…jr.

79 Levi Cherry …OL/DL…sr.

90 Austin Smith …OL/LB…jr.

RETURNING STARTERS

(0 on offense, 3 on defense — see lsj.com)

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