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The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

Caro­line, 33-29, to avenge a play­off loss to the Bull­dogs the pre­vi­ous year, be­fore see­ing their sea­son end with a 2221 loss to Har­ford Tech in the Class 2A East Re­gion fi­nal.

Kent Is­land’s new group of play­ers hopes to con­tinue that post­sea­son streak.

“The peo­ple we have in those po­si­tions are more than ca­pa­ble of be­ing suc­cess­ful,” Fer­rag­amo said. “One of our run­ning backs, Ke’Juan John­son, a sopho­more, he was on var­sity for the first half of last year, but we were a very heavy se­nior-laden team last year, so we had to put him down on jayvee just so he could get on the field a lit­tle bit.”

When Burn­side isn’t hand­ing the ball off to John­son or ju­nior full­back Isa­iah Shock­ley, he’ll try to con­nect through the air with ju­nior tight end Bryan Heim or se­nior wide re­ceivers Thomas and Chase Cooney.

“Through our whole pre­sea­son, our quar­ter­back’s done a great job. We haven’t asked him to do a whole lot, but when we have thrown the ball he’s been pretty suc­cess­ful,” Fer­rag­amo said.

On the line, Kent Is­land fea­tures an all-se­nior group with Nolan Gallagher at cen­ter, Bren­dan Wil­burn and Adam Bode at guard, and Grayson Colchagoff and Kashawn Tom­lin­son at tackle.

“Three of those guys were starters last year and Adam Bode and Grayson Colchagoff were both with us last year,” Fer­rag­amo said. “They’re step­ping into a big­ger role this year but so far they’ve done a great job.”

Tom­lin­son (6-foot-5, 289 pounds) will also play nose­guard on de­fense. Along­side him at tackle will be ju­niors Floyd But­ler (6-3, 230) and Hay­dyn Blan­chard (6-2, 245). Shock­ley (5-10, 174) and se­nior Taquan Court­ney (6-3, 210) are the de­fen­sive ends.

“Ob­vi­ously our strength is up front, on both our of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive line,” Fer­rag­amo said. “Where we’re a lit­tle vul­ner­a­ble is just depth, es­pe­cially depth at the skill po­si­tions. So we need to stay healthy. So far, so good, but it could hap­pen at any time.”

Gallagher (5-10, 225) and Heim (5-10, 200) an­chor the mid­dle of the de­fense at line­backer. Se­condary play­ers are se­nior safeties Cooney (5-10, 175) and Bradley Graff (5-9, 170) and corner­backs Thomas (5-8, 162) and John­son (5-9, 172).

Joe Garvey, a ju­nior, re­turns to fill place-kick­ing du­ties and Court­ney will han­dle the punt­ing.

With seven play­ers po­ten­tially play­ing on both sides of the ball, the Bucs will likely need help from re­serves to be suc­cess­ful.

“What I’m ex­cited about is the work ethic of the team,” Fer­rag­amo said. “Our ros­ter is pretty small. We have 33 kids on var­sity. We’re usu­ally up at 45 to 47. I have no com­plaints about their ef­fort and ded­i­ca­tion since foot­ball camp started. I’m just ex­cited to see all the hard work they’ve done come through here and get the sea­son kicked off.”

In ad­di­tion to tough matchups against North Bay­side op­po­nents this sea­son, Fer­rag­amo sees in­creased com­pe­ti­tion from South Bay­side schools. “I think some teams are go­ing to make some strides for­ward,” he said. “I saw it hap­pen a lit­tle bit last year. I know Wi-Hi is filled with a bunch of ath­letes and they have a Di­vi­sion I kid on their team on the de­fen­sive line. All the Sal­is­bury schools are al­ways dan­ger­ous. They al­ways have a bunch of tal­ent.”

Snow Hill has a new head coach, which means the Ea­gles may strug­gle through the tran­si­tion this fall. “They kind of go through head coaches a lot and I think that kind of hurts their con­ti­nu­ity a lit­tle bit,” Fer­rag­amo said. “Be­ing one of the smaller schools in the state that has foot­ball, their num­bers are al­ways low. … Be­lieve, me, we’re not tak­ing any­thing for granted. I don’t think there’s been a whole lot of teams that have been suc­cess­ful with a fresh­man quar­ter­back and sopho­more tail­back, so we have a long road ahead of us.”

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