POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - The Pocahontas Redskins will return several key starters from their solid 2014 campaign while still looking to plug gaps they lost to graduation.
One of the key playmakers from last fall, Tristan Privett, is no longer there. Fortunately for the Redskins, the guy throwing the passes to Privett is back. Reece Coates comes back for his junior season as the Redskins quarterback and will be joined in the backfield by junior runningback Barkley Sorg and Senior Eric Wolf.
A big issue the Redskins will battle this season, the loss of their entire offensive line. This could prove problematic in the Redskins talented running game led by Sorg, who ran for 876 yards during the 2014 campaign and showed versatility catching 22 passes. "Well you know it really just depends a lot on our offensive line. As long as they're working and doing what they're supposed to do we can do pretty much anything," said Sorg.
Josiah Marlow will provide some receiving talent and speed offensively while also allowing Pocahontas to use that quickness defensively. "I really expect that our defense will play really good this year," said Marlow, "I know we had a good time last year and that's what won a lot of our games." Along with playing receiver, Marlow will play defensive back for Pocahontas.
If the Redskins do struggle with the offensive line, they could be rescued by what they have returning on defense. Along with the strong secondary, the defensive line could be stacked. "Shelby Avery started at defensive end for us last year, did a phenomenal job for us, he's back. Bradley Vandergriff started at defensive end, he's back," said Head Coach Charles Baty, who's entering his second season as head coach.
Baty told Region 8 Sports that the Redskins will also return their leading tackler for the 2015 campaign, Sloan Rogers, who racked up 140 tackles last fall and was named all-conference.
The Redskins were 10-2 with a share of the 3-4A Title in 2014 with Highland and Gosnell. Baty expects the conference to be tough again. "Gosnell is extremely well coached, Coach Moody does a great job there," he said, "It's going to be a challenge, definitely will be challenge. Highland will be a challenge you know because that's our big rival."
Pocahontas will begin the 2015 season at home against Riverview.