Even though there’s some talented skill players on the O’Hara football team, head coach Jim DeMarea needs to see some inexperienced players step up on both the offensive and defensive lines.
“I have some very young kids who don’t have any varsity experience, so we’re looking at them to step up and fill those shoes,” DeMarea said.
Despite that experience, DeMarea feels confident in his skill position players such as starting quarterback Michael Briggs. At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Briggs will look to lead the Celtics further in the playoffs this season.
A talented teammate will be wide receiver Zach Drake, a target Briggs has had far before his high school career started.
“They’ve been throwing together since grade school and those two have really taken off,” DeMarea said.
Look for Jordan Supplee and DJ Jordan to also make some key players for O’Hara this season as they battle to improve on its 6-5 season.
Another crucial part for the Celtics is staying healthy throughout the season. With not as many players on the varsity squad key positions will need to stay away from the injury bug.
DeMarea put the goals at the normal bar for 2014, trying to finish No. 1 or 2 in the league and see what happens in the playoffs.
“We look ready in our skill positions and that’s our strength,” DeMarea said. “Now it’s about the inexperienced line and see if we can step up.”