have a good opportunity to hopefully get in at least as a fourth seed.”
“We have a senior line and last year we had Eric [Joseph]; he was the main running back, so now hopefully I can step up and fill those shoes,” Colonels senior Robert Thompson said.
“We have a lot of guys who have been playing together for a long time, so we all have chemistry,” senior linebacker John Carter said.
The Colonels, who hope to have between 27 and 30 varsity players, open against Class 3A James M. Bennett.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Mangum said. “They don’t cut us any breaks here in the Bayside.”
Parkside, the only team in the South Bayside last year with a winning record, 6-4, looks like a solid team again this year.
“I think offense and the defensive line should be a strength for us this year,” Rams head coach Brendan Riley said. [We] didn’t perform well against them [North Bayside teams] last year. That’s been kind of an ongoing thing. We’ve been knocking at the door, being competitive, getting in some close games. We’ve been back and forth with Easton. North Caroline’s been doing their thing the last couple years. We had a really tight first half with Kent Island last year and I thought that if a couple calls had went our way it would have been a different outcome. … If we continue to develop our strength, which is being physical, being mentally tough, we’re going to be in a really good situation.”
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North Caroline head football coach James McCormick with players Cody Pepper (12) and Owen Joseph (32) at the 2017 Bayside Conference Media Day on Monday afternoon at the Dorchester Career and Technology Center.
Colonel Richardson head football coach Dan Mangum with players John Carter (10) and Robert Thompson (6) at the 2017 Bayside Conference Media Day on Monday afternoon at the Dorchester Career and Technology Center.