If you blinked last year, you probably missed a Silverado scoring drive. With explosive dual-threat quarterback Jemeryn Jenkins throwing to big-play wide receiver Fred Rosser to go along with the shifty running of running back Ayele Forde, the Hawks put up points in a rapid-fire fashion. But with the above three players having graduated, Silverado coach Carl Posey is looking to slow his team’s pace a bit.
“It seemed like no matter what we did, we were off the field in two minutes,” Posey said. “We’d either break a long touchdown with those guys or we’d go three and out and punt. Either way, our defense was on the field a lot. We did pretty well defensively but we lost almost everyone from that side of the ball last year and I don’t want to put that much on that.”
Protecting a defense that has lost a bulk of its starters isn’t the only reason for Silverado’s change in approach. Quite frankly, losing the combined skill of Jenkins, Rosser and Forde is almost impossible to replace and the players set to do that bring different things to the table.
“I think we have some guys who will do very well, but you can’t just replace a Jemeryn Jenkins or a kid like that with another kid with the exact skills,” Posey said. “These guys will be good, but you aren’t going to see us breaking the 50-yard touchdowns and plays like that nearly as much. It’ll be a bit different.”
Replacing Jenkins at quarterback will be senior Anderson Otuwafi (6-2, 195), who got some time last year when Jenkins was injured. Posey has high hopes for senior Fabian Griffith (5-11, 175) at running back while he expects seniors Josh Narcisse (6-2, 180) and Cassey Williams (6-2, 170) to help compensate for the loss of Rosser.
The one place Silverado does have some experienced talent coming back is on the offensive line. The Hawks will be led up front by senior tackle Kaige Lawrence (6-4, 260) and senior center Charles Roberts (6-2, 295), which will help the inexperienced skill position players find their mark.
The Hawks don’t return much defensively, but senior middle linebacker Jimmy Musgrave (6-0, 205) might be the best returning LB in the Desert Sky League. A couple of juniors, defensive end Marcel Buchanan (6-2, 205) and cornerback Darryl White (5-8, 150) are being looked upon to complement Musgrave.
Silverado 2010 schedule (Home games in CAPS, * indicates league game)
Sept. 3 – RANCHO CUCAMONGA
Sept. 10 – at Serrano
Sept. 17 – at Carter
Sept. 24 – VALENCIA WEST RANCH
Oct. 1 – vs. Summit (Miller HS)
Oct. 15 – VICTOR VALLEY*
Oct. 22 – vs. Granite Hills (Apple Valley HS)*
Oct. 29 – at Apple Valley
Nov. 5 – RIDGECREST BURROUGHS*
Nov. 12 – at Barstow*
Home games to be played at Victor Valley HS.