In today's story about last night's spring game at Guyer, I talked plenty about what the Wildcats have in store for opponents on the ground, and like always, it's going to be a handful for opposing defenses to contain.
In addition to the 1-2 punch of senior-to-be Devin Jefferson and sophomore-to-be Kaedric Cobbs, who form the stereotypical tandem of "thunder and lightning", junior Kaleel Rhoden, who was the JV running back a year ago, also looked good and will likely see his fair share of time come August.
But, aside from the running game that will be led by yet another standout offensive line, here are some other things I took away from Guyer's spring game, other than some tasty BBQ sandwiches.
Arian Bhat -- Pictured above, the senior-to-be defensive tackle is entering his third season as a starter for Guyer and is beginning to pick up college offers with more sure to come as he plays his way into bigger and better things. Bhat is bigger (he's up to about 280 pounds) and much more active than what I've seen in the past. He used to be an effective run-stuffer. Now, he's an active playmaker, who was impossible to block on Thursday and has been a thorn in the side of Guyer's offense all spring.
Trace Jewell -- I know a couple of things about Guyer's quarterback situation. First, Luke Stillwell is the unquestioned starter. Second, there's an incoming freshman, Eli Stowers, who is going to be a superstar. I learned another on Thursday. Trace Jewell is a baller. He led his White team to a victory in the game, which is well and good, but the way he played and carried himself while moving the offense effectively was more impressive. If you watch the recently released Guyer offseason video, you'll see Jewell featured a lot ... as a freshman. Pretty impressive kid.
Kenneth Dunson & Hayden Hodapp -- Guyer's replacing two of its three starting linebackers from a year ago. Returning starter Tre Turner didn't play on Thursday night and projected starter Dylan Bourey missed the game, as well. That opened up a shot for incoming senior Hayden Hodapp, and he seized the opportunity. His name was called several times for making stops and he put his name in the mix of linebacker depth. Kenneth Dunson will be a starter at the SAM linebacker spot, and he showed why on Thursday with a big game in his own right.
Now, how many days until Guyer vs. Mansfield Lake Ridge? The answer is 104, but who's counting?