Thursday, April 24, 2014 6:04 AM
Published on: Thursday, September 05, 2013
Head Coach: Larry Hurd
Last Year’s record: 2-8
Returning Offensive starters: 8
Returning defensive starters: 8
Likely toughest opponent: Quince Orchard
Offensive strengths: Experience.
Offensive weaknesses: Size
Defensive strengths:Defensive line
Defensive weaknesses: Youth
Offensive outlook: The Coyotes are led on offense by junior quarterback Joey Nacci, who started 12 games in his first two years. Look for Nacci to try and get the ball into the hands of his big receiver, Bruno Anyangwe. Center Zach Thompson leads an offensive line that will look to create holes for Tavis Holland, a junior running back with breakaway speed.
Defensive outlook: On the defensive side of the ball, Clarksburg is young, but experienced, as eight starters return from last season. The strength of the defense is on the defensive line, where Anyangwe will look to get to rush opposing quarterbacks from his defensive end position. Thompson and tackle Brett Martin anchor the middle of the defensive line. Peter Limber is the defense’s emotional leader from his middle linebacker position.
Special teams: Craig Jessup will be the Coyote’s kicker this season. Also look out for Dayvon Howard to make plays as a returner.
Coach’s comments: Eight of the ten teams we play made the playoffs a season ago. I think we are going to have a very good year. We have all of our sophomores back and our juniors. Things are building and we are getting better and better every day.
Scouting reporter: The Coyotes return 16 starters from last year’s team, so they should be able to improve on their 2-8 record from 2012. Offensively, look for the Coyotes to score more than the 14 points per game they put up last season with Nacci in his second year as the fulltime starting quarterback. Holland can score from anywhere on the field and should be a top playmaker. The main question for the Coyotes is they are undersized on the offensive line, so they could get overmatched by some of the stronger teams.
Defensively, Limber sets the tone for Clarksburg with his intensity and intelligence at middle linebacker. However it is the defensive line that is the team’s real strength, led by the trio of Thompson, Anyangwe and Martin.
Breakaway potential: Not much. Clarksburg has not qualified for the playoffs since 2009.Despite returning 16 starters, the team is also still very young. The schedule is also one of the toughest.