Chatham High School’s football team ended the second week of practice with an intrasquad game. Matt Allen and Roger Keaton coached the red team. Ben Paris and Marcus Clements coached the black team. Starting quarterback Ethan Reynolds played for the red team. Ironically, the red team’s two touchdowns came from the defensive unit. Kicker, Carlos Mendoza was playing defensive back when the black team tried to throw the ball his way. Mendoza intercepted the pass and ran it in for the red team’s first touchdown. Jo Jo Hanks intercepted a pass for the red team’s second touchdown.
Junior varsity quarterback Jonavan Coles scored both of the black team’s touchdowns. Coles took his snaps from varsity starting center Nick Williams (who happens to be his older brother). Coles had flashes of greatness that left the red team’s defenders flummoxed at his elusiveness.
Kendall Sanders looked like Deion Sanders as he hauled in a pass reception. Victavion Harris made an interception from his defensive back position, and Tyler Hoffman made a great play that culminated in a quarterback sack.
As is usual this time of year, the defense is slightly ahead of the offense. The coaching staff split the starting offensive linemen and starting receivers between the two teams, which may have accounted for the early offensive struggles. Both offenses settled into a competent rhythm that advanced the ball up and down the field. The coaching staff was pleased with the teams’ efforts and performances.
When the coaches were asked who surprised them and why, coach Allen had this to say, “I think there were multiple good surprises! I think on the upperclassmen end we saw a lot of good things from Nick Williams on the defensive line. He will be in his fifth year in the program and has really made great strides.” Coach Allen was happy with the way Brae Adkins played Mike linebacker, “A very happy return to the gridiron for Mr. VHSL RBI leader Brae Adkins was also a welcome surprise as he did well at linebacker.”
Coach Allen thought that there were a couple pleasant surprises amongst the underclassmen. “Then if we are talking young bucks, I think you saw some solid running out of rising freshman Dermont Kyle along with maybe a glimpse of explosive athletic quarterback play from Jonovan Coles.”
The program is at a good place as they conclude their second full week of practice. The coaches have been able to practice varsity and junior varsity teams separately as there are approximately 75 players between both teams.
The Cavaliers will receive more feedback on their progress when they scrimmage Bluestone, tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday at Averett University.