Head Coach: Jason Lomax
Last Year’s Record: 3-7
Returning Offensive starters: 3
Returning Defensive starters: 2
Likely Toughest Opponent: Paint Branch
Offensive strengths: speed
Offensive weaknesses: inexperience
Defensive strengths: fearlessness
Defensive weaknesses: inexperience
Offensive outlook: With Coach Lomax in his first year as a head coach at Springbrook, players will need to adjust to his system, and some will need to adjust to new positions to ensure a successful season. The new scheme is more fast-paced and deviates from the Blue Devils’ typical power running program. Much of last year’s team has graduated, leaving plenty of room for new stars to emerge. Quarterbacks Demetrius Benjamin and Lawrence Cadet, both seniors, are vying for the starting position.
Defensive outlook: Led by senior Collins Takah and junior Isaac Ukwu, Springbrook’s defense is hard-hitting and unafraid of contact. “We have a lot of guys on defense that I consider to be strikers,” said Lomax. “They will come up and just pop you.” The combination of agility and physicality may prove to be the secret weapon the Blue Devils will need to push them past a few of their more formidable opponents.
Special Teams: “When we get into a few days of practice, we will see who can punt, who can kick, who can return,” said Coach Lomax. “We’ve got a lot of team speed, so when you have a choice of which fast guy you can put back there and see if he can light it up, that’s a beautiful thing.”
Coach’s Comments: “I want this team to go 100 miles an hour, 100 percent of the time. If they can give me all they have, I can deal with the outcome. Our goal every year is always to make the playoffs. Once you’re in the playoffs, it’s a whole new tournament and records are thrown out the door. That’s what we’re fighting for, is the playoffs.”
Scouting Report: Expect to see more receivers on the field, and more spread out air attacks with the new offense. Nearly a dozen players are competing for four spots at wide receiver. It will be interesting to see which players will factor into and excel in their new coach’s system. Senior Shawn Cazeau is a strong running back with great speed and should juke his share of defenders before the season is over.
Break away potential: With last year’s team finishing at 3-7, there’s plenty of room for improvement for the 2015 season. With a brand new coach and new schemes on both sides of the ball, the Blue Devils will probably reach the middle of the pack. Springbrook opens the season at rival Blake, and is scheduled to face five of last year’s playoff teams. “We’re trying to build more than just a football program, we’re trying to build a family,” said Lomax. “We have to have each other’s backs academically, on the field and off the field, we have to be one together and build that bond.” If the team can gel quickly under Lomax’s regime, a winning record is within reach.
2015 Springbrook Blue Devils
9/4 @ Blake
9/18 @ Northwood
10/9 @ Blair
10/16 Paint Branch
10/30 @ Aberdeen
11/6 @ Clarksburg