Glasgow High aims for football playoffs
Playoff aspirations are high for the Glasgow football program as it enters its second season playing in Division II.
Last season, the Dragons finished 5-5 with a young team that head coach Shannon Riley knew would gain valuable experience that would pay off in the future. The future is now for the Dragons, as Riley welcomes back seven starters on defense and 10 players who have started at least five games on offense.
“I feel we have the potential to be a tournament team,” Riley said prior to the start of preseason practice. “We have experience, speed and size. We have a very talented team but have to continue to build on the team concept.”
Riley’s feeling about his team remained the same after seeing them play live in a scrimmage against Caravel Academy on Saturday night.
“We did pretty well,” said Riley, who begins his 11th year at the helm of the Dragons’ program. “I was really impressed with our defense. Our offense needs work but had some good glimpses as well. I would say both teams have a great chance to go far.”
Junior Isaiah Wilson returns under center for the Dragons. Wilson, a twoyear starter, provides the experience every coach is looking for at the quarterback position.
“Isaiah returning as a third-year starter is big for us,” Riley said. “He understands the system and is confident in his checks and reads. He also spent a lot of time in the weight room adding size and strength. He is a major weapon this season.”
One of Wilson’s main targets will be Ja’Saan Cunningham, who, according to Riley, is one of the fastest wide receivers in the state. Cunningham gained valuable experience this past summer when he played on the United States team at the Under-19 World Championships in China.
“I feel like we came out there and set the tone,” Cunningham said after the scrimmage. “We didn’t open our offense up, just the basic plays. Five days of practices, it’s hard to develop some plays, but we did well. We have a lot of younger guys in and first-year players to get their feet wet. We’re going to be a very good team.”
All-Conference wide receiver Michael Credle is another target and, according to Riley, is the team’s primary leader.
“Now being one week in, we know what we have to work on to become better,” Credle said. “But also we have seen how great we can become as well. We have to work a lot harder because we didn’t show in the scrimmage all the pieces that need to be there to be a state championship team.”
In addition to an already experienced returning lineup, a pair of transfers will make an immediate impact on both sides of the ball.
Junior Keishawn Jones, a transfer from Jersey City, N.J., who is getting major college interest, is expected to start. In addition, Tyrique Woodland, who played at Glasgow his freshman and sophomore years before transferring to Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.), returns to Glasgow for his senior year.
“The addition of Woodland and Jones is huge for us,” Riley said. “They bring an added element of speed, skill and athleticism.”
Glasgow scrimmages St. Mark’s at home tonight at 6:30 p.m. and hosts Delcastle on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. The Dragons’ opening game is Sept. 9 at Seaford in the second game of a home-and-home series. The Dragons defeated the Blue Jays 40-2 in last season’s opener.
Glasgow Junior Isaiah Wilson returns for his third season at quarterback with hopes of leading the Dragons to the state tournament.