the athletes that we have out there, so you may see the ball in the air a little more than in the past from a Kent Island team.”
Kent Island will start 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior Trent Jackson, a transfer from Riverdale Baptist, at quarterback with last year’s QB Jordan Marciano (senior, 5-9, 176) backing up and starting from the fullback position.
With an ability to provide protection for Jackson and create holes for a committee of running backs, the Bucs’ offensive line should be one of the team’s strengths.
“We’ve just got to stay aggressive and work as a unit really, whether it’s with our linemen, or tailbacks, or quarterback,” said senior lineman Garrett Redden (5-11, 212).
The Bucs starting offensive tackles will be Boone Sublett (senior, 6-0, 245) and Kayshawn Tomlinson (junior, 6-3, 245). Guards are Redden and Brendan Wilburn (junior, 6-3, 225) with Nolan Gallagher (junior, 6-0, 232) at center.
Sharing the running-back duties will be seniors Jordan Walker (6-0, 172), Dylan Finlay (5-9, 158), and Brandon Galloway (6-0, 180). “It’s hard to say who the starter is. Whoever’s doing well that game is going to carry the ball,” Ferragamo said.
Returning receivers include seniors Sean Mooney (6-0, 192), Selby Scaggs (5-8, 165), and JC Getz (6-2, 195).
Defensively, the Bucs’ two starting ends will be Galloway and Walker. Defensive tackles are Jeff Kuebel (senior, 5-10, 190) and Sublett and the Bucs’ noseguard is Butler Floyd (sophomore, 6-0, 185). Linebackers are Jake Hipps (senior, 6-1, 185) and Marciano. Defensive backs are Mooney, Getz, Finlay, and Tre Thomas (junior, 5-8, 165), a transfer from Easton.
Galloway returns to handle punting and sophomore Joe Garvey will do the place-kicking.
“We have a lot of returning kids but some guys are in different positions than they were last year,” Ferragamo said. “So there’s a lot of learning going on. But I think we have a talented bunch and bunch of kids that can do some damage with a football in their hands.”
Kent Island defeated North Caroline 21-14 in September last season but fell to the Bulldogs 14-7 in the Class 2A East semifinal. The Bucs’ only other loss was a 24-14 setback to county rival Queen Anne’s.
Kent Island’s roster numbers are still relatively high but Ferragamo said he is seeing fewer numbers than in the past.
“Our numbers are down. We have like in the mid-70s, 73, 74, kids in our program and that’s down from about a hundred. I think numbers are down around the state for everybody and they’re going down in youth football as well.” Follow me on Twitter @csknauss / email me at firstname.lastname@example.org