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Bishop England High School
Daniel Island

More experience, better attitude could lead to more success for Bishop England

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Daniel Island – With more experience and better team chemistry, the prospects for improvement are good for the Bishop England football team in 2019.

The Bishops finished 3-7 a year ago but coach John Cantey says things will be different this fall. While depth is a concern, the coach sees a lot of positives with this year’s team.

“The attitude is much better and this is a closer knit group,” Cantey said. “We have some guys back with good experience and our senior class is making a strong effort to lead this team. When you have good leadership, you have a chance to compete. I think we have that with this team.”

As the season begins, Cantey says several players will be working both ways as starters. As the Bishops play more games, depth should improve. Cooler weather will certainly help as well.

“Right now, we just have to go with the guys who have the experience and are used to playing a lot both ways,” the coach said. “Our numbers are what they are. Hopefully as we go through some games, some of the other guys will be ready to step in.”

A quarterback competition through the spring and preseason has been decided as Cantey says senior Cam Costa will run the offense. Costa battled with junior Eddie Marinaro, one of the team’s best athletes. Costa is the better thrower while Marinaro’s talents will be utilized as a running back and receiver.

“Cam has shown great leadership and earned the job but Eddie is obviously going to have a major role in the offense,” Cantey said.

Junior Michael Long also returns as a running back and will factor in the run game. Working at receiver are seniors Sullivan Clair, Jarren McCoy and Charlie Michel, with junior Mic Marcacci is seeing time at tight end.

“Our receivers are very solid players and are capable of making plays,” Cantey said.

The Bishops have a fairly experienced offensive line, a big change from a year ago. Working at tackle are junior Matthew Champlin and senior Jack Wysong. Max Hulen and Jackson Carroll are the starting guards while Wyatt Stanley is the center.

Clair, Michel and McCoy will anchor the defensive secondary as returning starters. Senior Daniel Poch also will start in the secondary.

Marcacci is expected to start along the defensive line. Other potential starters include senior James O’Connor and senior Michael Esparza.

Starting linebackers will be seniors Marco Brouette and Drew Owens, along with juniors Sammy Gress and Michael Long.

 Junior Nick DeFazio is slated to handle the placekicking and punting duties. McCoy also is a capable kicker if needed.

Bishop England is set to open the season on August 30th against Baptist Hill.

“The goal is to get off to a good start and build some confidence,” Cantey said. “The kids are working hard and have shown a lot of focus early on. We have to continue to build on that and try to improve every day.”

 

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