North Henderson could never settle on a starting quarterback in 2013, thanks to a multitude of injuries.
The Knights are being proactive this season.
Juniors Trevor Craft (918 yards and nine touchdowns with eight interceptions) and Ashton Woodring (828 yards and six touchdowns with eight interceptions) will both get a chance to run the offense. And the decision as to who is under center will be completely reliant on the situation.
“Craft will run more of our spread stuff, and we’ll bring in Woodring when we want to run more of our smashmouth-style offense,” North Henderson coach J.D. Dinwiddie said.
Woodring is the team’s lone returning All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference player from 2013.
North Henderson only has five seniors, but one of them is Dalton Whitaker (43 receptions for 582 yards and six touchdowns).
Nick Roberts and John Heim should lend extra depth to the receiving corps. Junior lineman Cole McCarson was an honorable mention All-WNCAC selection as a 10th grader.
The Knights played Mountain Athletic Conference 4-A champion Roberson tough a year ago in Skyland before calling, 22-20. The same two teams meet again Friday in Henderson County.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
“Our kids are ready to compete,” Dinwiddie said.
“We only have about 24 full-time varsity players, but they had a good year in the weight room and they’re excited. It’s like I’ve told them, we’re not going to out-talent anybody. So lets just try and out-tough some people, play physical and be smart.”
Friday will be the first game for new Rams coach Chris Deal. Roberson and sophomore Seth Griswold (132 tackles) have won 13 of their last 15 season-opening games.
“I think they are young just like us,” Dinwiddie said.
“But the coach has a system and knows what he wants and it looks like the kids are buying in. They’re not as big (as 2013), but Roberson still has a lot of big horses and some young players who are impressive.”