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Duluth Wildcats 2011 Football Preview

Duluth Wildcats 2011 Football Preview

— Mascot: Wildcats. Coach: Corey Jarvis (4-6 at Duluth, 51-17 overall) Region: 7-AAAAA Last playoff appearance: 1994

Offense

With seven, and perhaps eight, starters returning from last season, there's plenty for the Wildcats to be excited about on the offensive side of the ball in Corey Jarvis' second year as head coach.

Included in those returnees are last year's leading rusher, Henry Enyenihi (113-645, 7 TDs), and leading receiver, (pictured) Myles Campbell (36-438, 2 TDs), as well as perhaps as many as starting linemen, led by seniors Mark Ruskell (6-2, 290, Sr.) and Tim Mettille (6-0, 240, Sr.).

"It's good to have a majority of our offense back," Jarvis said. "We've got a good skills group ... that did great in 7-on-7 drills (during the summer) and two-a-days. So, I don't think we'll miss a beat."

But make no mistake, the fuel to the Wildcats' engine will be senior quarterback Anfornee Stewart, who is back after creating 1,957 yards of total offense and 15 TDs in leading an offense that was a key in Duluth quadrupling its win total from the previous year and posting its best record in the last seven seasons.

"Anfornee's been the catalyst the last two years," Jarvis said of Stewart. "It's helping him out this year that we have (junior) Will Delorenzo also getting some reps (in practice), which has made Anfornee a better quarterback. He's going to be our guy."

Defense

Despite losing three key starters from last year "1 Carnell Simon, Justin Dixon and Xavier Walker "1 to graduation, the Wildcats' defense also returns a solid nucleus that is hoping to take the next step.

Returning starters Ahmed Muhammad and Michael Stewart give Duluth solid bookends at each cornerback spot, while Richard House will be counted on to lead an otherwise less-experienced, though perhaps more dynamic, defensive line.

"House is our only returning starter on the line," Jarvis said. "But I think athletically, we're probably better there this year. We've got a lot of speed and strength. (Senior Dervon) Clanton wasn't able to play last year, but we've got him back eligible. He'll be a big addition."

But it is in the middle with the linebackers where the Wildcats could be strongest, with seniors Joshua Johnson and Darnell Hart (62 tackles last year) back to make an impact.

"Johnson I think will be our quarterback on defense," Jarvis said. "And (new starter at safety, junior) Lou Cole knows the defense inside and out. They line up the defense.

"I think this could break-out year for Hart. He had to miss some (practice) time early on, but we're steadily getting him back in the fold."

Getting a kick start

Another area of great experience for the Wildcats will be in the kicking game, where both Stuart Hench and Caleb Starovasnik return.

Stuart took over the placekicking duties from Starovasnik late last season and made all six of his kicks (two field goals and four PATs), while Starovasnik will continue to handle punts, where he averaged 31.1 yards per kick a year ago.

2011 Schedule

Aug. 26 Archer

Sept. 2 Northview

Sept. 9 at Alpharetta

Sept. 16 at Norcross

Sept. 23 Collins Hill

Oct. 7 at Mountain View

Oct. 14 Meadowcreek

Oct. 21 at P'tree Ridge

Oct. 28 North Gwinnett

Nov. 4 at Mill Creek

2010 Results (4-6)

at Archer W 21-17

at Northview W 24-14

Alpharetta L 44-17

Norcross L 35-0

at Collins Hill L 49-14

Mountain View W 46-22

at Meadowcreek W 38-7

Peachtree Ridge L 35-14

at North Gwinnett L 26-7

Mill Creek L 34-23

Taking the next step

Having won just six total games in the previous six years, the Wildcats took a huge step forward by posting four wins "1 and standing one-win away from a tie-breaking procedure for a possible Class AAAAA state playoff berth "1 last season.

And it wasn't just in the tangible results that the Wildcats improved.

"Our kids feel like we competed very well in almost every game (last year), with the exception of the Alpharetta and Collins Hill games, and maybe the Norcross game," Jarvis said. "I don't think the kids were mature enough to handle the adversity of those games (at the time), but we got a chance to see them mature. We saw them grow up a lot."

The next step in continuing to establish a winning culture at Duluth, according to Jarvis, is pretty clear.

The Wildcats haven't made the postseason since 1994, and haven't had a winning season "1 and, in fact, have had just two .500 seasons "1 since.

That has Jarvis aiming high, even in ultra-competitive Region 7-AAAAA.

"The kids know what it takes to be successful now," Jarvis said. "They're hungry. ... The next step is to give our boys the opportunity to be in the playoffs. This senior class is great. They've done everything we've asked of them. They don't look like the same ball club (as they were the beginning of last season)."

-David Friedlander

PROBABLE STARTERS

Offense

QB Anfornee Stewart (6-1, 195, Sr.)

RB Henry Enyenihi (5-11, 200, Sr.)

RB Matthew Randle (5-8, 185, Sr.)

WR Myles Campbell (5-6, 155, Jr.)

WR Nick Whitaker (6-0, 170, Sr.)

TE Michael Randle (6-2, 190, Sr.)

LT Nick Wasylyk (6-3, 270, Sr.)

LG Devonta Johnson (5-9, 210, Jr.)

or Julian Williams (6-5, 315, Jr.)

C Mark Ruskell (6-2, 290, Sr.)

RG Tim Mettille (6-0, 240, Sr.)

RT Grant Cole (6-0, 210, Jr.)

K Stuart Hench (6-1, 160, Sr.)

Defense

DE Richard House (6-1, 190, Sr.)

DT Carl Beachum (6-0, 215, Jr.)

DT Dervon Clanton (6-0, 255, Sr.)

DE Harry Joseph (6-1, 200, Sr.)

OLB Joshua Johnson (5-7, 180, Sr.)

ILB Darnell Hart (6-1, 210, Sr.)

OLB Cedrick Long (6-0, 175, Soph.)

CB Michael Stewart (5-9, 155, Jr.)

CB Ahmad Muhammad (6-0, 180, Sr.)

SS Lou Cole (5-8, 165, Jr.)

FS Will Cardwell (5-11, 175, Sr.)

P Caleb Starovasnik (6-0, 180, Sr.)

Duluth roster

1 Matthew Randle DB/RB 12

2 Henry Enyenihi RB/LB 12

3 Malik Landers QB/LB 10

4 Anfornee Stewart QB/DB 12

5 Ahmad Muhammad DB/WR 12

6 Michael Stewart DB/WR 11

7 Brandon Wilson LB/FB 12

8 Myles Campbell DB/RB 11

9 Joshua Rhodius WR 12

10 Michael Randle WR/DB 12

11 Nick Whitaker WR/DB 12

13 Will Cardwell DB 12

14 Lavelle Lawton WR/DB 12

15 Tyler Campbell QB/DB 9

17 Will Delorenzo QB/DB 11

18 Jeffrey Joseph WR 11

19 Collier Knox QB/WR 10

21 Justin Morris DB/WR 10

22 Terrance Williams DB/WR 11

23 Bryant Pickney DB/WR 10

24 Ryan Graddy RB/LB 11

25 Robert Cardwell WR/DB 11

26 Tyler Davis WR/DB 10

27 Cameron White DB/WR 10

28 Louis Cole DB/RB 11

30 Trevor Sharkey LB 10

31 Bradley Cleveland LB/WR 10

32 Lorenzo Davis DE/DB 12

33 Trevahn Sensabaugh LB/RB 10

34 Joshua Johnson FB/LB 12

35 Carlos Alvarez DB/WR 11

36 Dashon Slaughter RB/DB 10

37 Brandon Brinson RB/LB 10

38 Trey Bennett DB/WR 9

39 Rashad Powell DB 12

40 Michael Long LB/FB 11

41 Everett Hill RB/DB 10

42 Rico Lauderdale RB 12

43 Markael Maxwell LB/FB 10

44 Darnell Hart LB/FB 12

45 Carl Beachum DL/FB 11

46 Christian Brent RB/DB 10

47 Kwame Kilgore FB/DL 11

48 Zaccheus McDaniel DB/WR 11

49 Alex Byrd LB/DL 10

50 William Fernandez OL 10

51 Chris Carleton DL/OL 10

52 Marcell Craig DL/OL 9

53 Nick Wasylyk OL/DL 12

54 Devonta Johnson OL/DL 11

55 Gustavo Rosania LB/DE 11

56 Michael DeGroff OL/DL 10

57 Zaki Khan LB/DL 12

58 Willy Meja Fuentes OL/DL 9

59 Dervon Clanton DL 12

60 Wade Mettile OL/DL 9

61 Rontavious Coleman DL/OL 9

62 T.J. Lkusa OL 9

63 T.J. Palmer OL/DL 10

64 Max Hennen OL/DL 9

65 Grant Cole OL/DL 11

67 Kyle Wilkerson OL/DL 11

68 Tye'ron Grayson DL/OL 9

69 Masroor Talukder OL/DL 9

70 Juan Williams OL/DL 11

71 Mark Ruskell OL/DL 12

72 Alex Brown OL/DL 10

73 Travion Mackey OL/DL 10

74 Dewey Van Allen OL/DL 10

75 Tim Mettille OL/DL 12

76 Nick Rea OL/DE 12

77 Bradley Rollyson OL/DL 10

78 Tevin King OL/DL 10

79 Malik Annang OL/DL 10

80 Kevin Steverson WR/DB 11

81 Qaudriy Mays WR 12

82 Brandon Pickney WR 10

83 Harry Joseph TE/DE 12

84 Brandon Richardson WR/DB 10

85 Richard House TE/DE 12

86 Adrien Brown WR/DB 11

87 Tony Cobbs WR 10

88 Mitchell Wright WR/DB 12

89 Stuart Hench K/P 12

90 Caleb Starovasnik K/P 12

91 Blaise Burroughs DL/OL 10

92 Johnny Foss K/P 10

93 Timothy Taylor DL/TE 11

94 Rick Hardrick DL/OL 10

95 Cedrick Long DE/TE 10

97 Thomas Harris WR/DB 10

98 Evan Ubakama TE/DE 10