BLOG: Crest will once again be tough to beat in 2015
By Nate Wimberly| July 20, 2015 at 5:34 PM EST - Updated July 1 at 6:50 PM
It’s a new day at Crest as Will Clark takes over as head coach for Mark Barnes who is now coaching Sumter High School in South Carolina. Coaching transition may be the biggest question on this team as pretty much all the major players from last year’s state title team are back.
On offense, 9 starters are back for coach Clark.
Let’s just start with the biggest star and that is RB Tre Harbison. He returns after rushing for 18 hundred yards and 36 TD. He averaged 7 yards per carry in 2014. And by the way, he has verbally committed to Virginia.
QB Willie Green is back as well. In his 1st year as the Crest signal caller, he threw for 22 hundred yards and 23 TD. He finished the season with a QB rating of 112. Hard to be much better than that.
He will have one of his favorite targets back on the outside in WR Tyshun Odom. Last season, he had 6 TD.
The O-line will be where some questions need to be answered, but Kollin Byers and Chris Jones should provide solid leadership to this unit.
Seven starters are back on one of the most dominant defenses in state history. Last year, the D only gave up 5 points per game. They would shutout 6 opponents and only 3 teams scored in double figures. One of those was not the team they played in the state title game in Havelock. Crest dominated the Rams 24-3 in the biggest game of the season.
Last year’s leading tackler Chris Willis is back. He will once again be the solid anchor on the D-Line coming off a 114 tackle season in 2014. He also registered 23 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and 4 fumble recoveries.
The Chargers will have 3 solid LB in Malik Hopper, Aaron Ramseur, and Justin Foster. Hopper had 91 tackles last year. Ramseur would tally 98. Foster would get 57. All 3 are just tackling machines if anyone can manage to get by that front 4.
The secondary will be led by Jabbari Foster and Tyriek Ramseur. Foster led the team in INT last year with 3 while Ramseur only had 23 tackles and 2 INT.
Coach Clark also has 36 lettermen returning at his disposal so depth is a major plus for this team.
The talent is there, but the biggest question will be how this team responds to their new head coach. This will be his 2nd year as a head coach as he had 1 year at Roanoke Rapids in 2013 as the Yellow Jackets went 2-9.
But don't get it twisted, no matter if they are classified as 3AA or 3A when the playoffs start, this team will be a favorite to win it all again.