In his first year as the William Chrisman head coach, Scorpio Horn said he wanted to see an increase in numbers. But he didn’t expect it come so quickly.
The Bears’ first practice of the season included 42 players. Three days later, they welcomed 68.
“I was shocked,” Horn said. “That’s a tremendous number. And it only includes five seniors, which means a lot of these kids are going to be in the program for two, three or even four years. That will give us a nice confidence.”
With that small senior class, several of those late arrivals will be thrown into the fire early.
Horn foresees the Bears’ strength resting on the offensive line, which he says averages 250 pounds. Add to that, junior tight end Grady Ogle is an extra weapon on the line. His brother, senior Gannon Ogle, is in line to start at quarterback.
Horn is also impressed with his two running backs — junior D’Vontae Brown and sophomore James Bailey.
“I think we’re going to have to be a 50-50 football team that can run the ball half the time and pass the ball the other half,” Horn said. “We have to be a balanced football team at all levels. You have to be able to do both in order to call yourself a complete football team.”
The defense is particularly young and includes only one senior projected to start — linebacker Roosevelt Collins, who missed last season with a knee injury.
Horn also pointed to junior cornerback Domnick Braswell and defensive tackle David Codilla as potential breakout players defensively.