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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 ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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