The 2009 football season is here, and there are plenty of interesting storylines to follow.
Obviously, Grovetown High School opening its doors will get some attention. Also, Evans going after another 10-0 regular season and region title will be fun to watch.
There are plenty of new faces that could have breakout performances for county schools in 2009. Here are a few of my thoughts on the season:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR POSSIBILITIES
Jonathan Finch (Evans, Senior)
Finch is the reigning Columbia County Player of the Year, so he is certainly the front-runner. He ran for more than 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, and he returns an experienced line. Also, with Jamerson Turner and Tevin Nelson, the Knights have a couple of athletes who will keep opposing defenses honest.
Seth Hill (Grovetown, Senior)
Hill made the move to Grovetown after a monster 2008 season for Harlem. Hill ran for nearly 1,500 yards and 15 scores. He will face some incredible defenses in 2009, but he should still pile up plenty of yardage.
Troy Griffth, at Evans, and Zach Morris, at Harlem, are the lone returnees at the most important position on the field. The other teams will be counting on newcomers.
Grovetown -- Xavier Crain
Crain is a tremendous athlete and head coach Rodney Holder loves his makeup. He does not seem to get flustered.
Lakeside -- Ben Wilson or Mark Widenaar
Widenaar is the big prototypical passer. Wilson is the quicker of the two. Both could experience growing pains taking over for three-year starter Chad Chandler.
Greenbrier -- Scott Reeder
Reeder is a junior who spent last year running the Wolfpack's junior varsity squad. His mettle will be tested early as the 'Pack open their season at Evans on Friday.
Augusta Christian -- Tyler Roberson
It is rare that a freshman plays on the varsity, much less starts at quarterback, but that is the situation for Roberson with the Lions this season. He will rely heavily on senior All-County wide receiver Evan Wells and running back Cole Turner.
SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE
Eleven Evans players have signed scholarships during the past two seasons. This year Evans will not be the only county school to have college coaches roaming the hallways.
Below is a list of a few players who will get some recruiting attention this year:
Jonathan Finch (RB)
Darnell Jackson (LB)
DJ Tyson (RB/WR)
Seth Hill (RB)
Dominique Mingo (DE)
Xavier Crain (QB)
Zach Morris (QB)
Chris Hartfield (LB/RB)
Khadi Tshishiku (Safety)
Kendal Parker (LB)*
*Transfer from Florida had 81 tackles and three fumble recoveries last season and is brother of Clemson QB Kyle Parker.
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