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Chesterfield Rams counting on seniors to lead team in battle for region 4 crown

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Chesterfield-- Michael Mains begins his second year at the helm of the Chesterfield Rams looking to improve on last season’s 5-6 overall record and fourth place finish in region 4 AA (3-3) and with a veteran squad returning the immediate future looks bright for Ram’s Nation.

“We are happy with where we are at as a team but that being said we still have some work to do before we kick it off against McBee in week one,” said coach Mains.

 The offense looked ready to roll at the Dennis Miller Jamboree on August 16th as they took their first two drives 75 and 70 yards scoring on a 34-yard by senior James McBride and a 35-yard pass from junior quarterback Josh Adams to sophomore Kevin Diggs.

Despite the success coach Mains cautioned, “We did a good job on those two drives, but we will have to watch film to see where we need to improve.”

One of the big area of improvements has come in the play of Adams. As a sophomore he threw for over 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. Coach Mains says you can see how he has matured in his understanding and command of the offense.

McBride led the team in rushing with 788 yards last season. He will be joined in the backfield by senior Dalton Hudson.

Junior Jalen Thompson is the wide out opposite Diggs and standout linebacker Josh Sellers will be at tight end.

The offensive line returns two senior starters in left tackle Zane Huggins and right guard Colby Smith and coach Mains will be counting on their experience to help the younger line develop.

Sophomore center Tucker Jenkins and left guard Michael Crawford as well as freshmen right tackle Andrew Threat will benefit from Huggins and Smith’s knowledge.

Defense is where the Ram’s need to improve the most as they gave up 32 points per game last season and with six seniors on the squad they should be improved.

Sellers is the respected leader of the defense. He has the knack for finding the football and is a fundamentally sound tackler. Last season he had an eye popping 154 tackles of which 50 were solo and 10.5 were TFL. At 6-2, 215 he is built to play linebacker.

Joining him at the other linebacking positions are senior Jaylen McManus and sophomores Ruben Huggins and Jaleel McCormick. As a freshman, Huggins had 38 tackles while McManus had 37.

The Rams only returning starter along the defensive front is Smith. Seniors Blade Teal and Mackenzie Mason will move into the starting line up along with sophomore Tymarion Melton.

Junior Thompson will have senior Trent Turnage and junior Tyler McCoy with him in the secondary.

Senior Brody Tarleton will handle the kicking chores. Last season he averaged 34.1 yards a punt and nailed 7 inside the 20.

The Rams will host the McBee Panthers on August 30 in their season opener.

 

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