Sean Kenton is a believer in quarterback Chuck Reese.
The Rockville Rams’ head coach tabbed Reese to be the starting quarterback, moving 2012 starter Spencer Brigman to wide receiver. Reese was the junior varsity quarterback a year ago and did enough this offseason to earn the varsity starting spot.
Rockville’s had some recent JV success, with it going 5-3 in 2012 and 6-2 in 2011.
To contrast, the varsity program has recorded one win the past two years.
“We’re counting on a lot of talented, but unproven juniors to make the difference this year,” Kenton said.
Wheaton’s defensive change
Wheaton Coach Ernest Williams favors a bend but don’t break style of defense.
But after giving up 33 points or more in four of their six losses in 2012, Williams decided to change the defense’s philosophical approach. The defense will be expected to blitz and attack more, using the unit’s quickness to their advantage.
“The offense will need to control the clock but our defense will need to eliminate the big plays,” Williams said.
Speaking of Wheaton, there have been two changes to its football schedule. Due to a delay in construction of the new high school, two home games scheduled at Blair will now move to Wheaton’s field. Those are a Sept. 12 game against Magruder and a Sept. 28 game against Rockville.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase vs. Churchill: Stepping in
Churchill will look to running back Blake Dove to take over starting duties now that Malik Harris, who ran for 898 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012, transferred to Friendship Collegiate Academy. Churchill’s opponent, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, will also break in a starting skill position player in Jack Hanifee, who will take over quarterback duties. Hanifee is also a standout as Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s starting safety.