With fourteen days of practice time before the Wildcats participate in the annual H.W. Beyers football jamboree Coach Clanton and his staff set about answering the questions left behind from a 2-6 season. The answers however are not as grim as one might think. The Wildcats have 60 players on their roster plus several key athletes who are currently playing baseball for Coach Jordan Edward’s Diamond Wildcats.
According to second year head coach Kris Clanton spring drills have been, “fun and energetic” as the Wildcat players battle for the positions left open by the departure of Lundon Sandridge, Qua Shorty, Kylan Garrett. When discussing the upcoming season, Clanton was quick to praise certain athletes while stressing there would be other players to rise to the forefront before the fall campaign begins in August
On the offensive side of the football the Wildcats return their elusive running back, sophomore Keion “Lucky” Mays and wide receivers Edwin Bowen and Jordan Johnson. These offensive weapons will be protected on the line by John Hawkins, Brigham Pierce, and Contravion Saulsberry among others. The biggest revelation is the emergence of quarter back, Trace Hartzog. Trace will be a true ninth grader this fall and is the frontrunner to be the Wildcats signal caller. Hartzog has a strong arm and a level head that should be beneficial as IHS looks to open up the passing game.
Defensively, Jordan Jonson looks to be at the safety position and Je marion Jones will be at one of the corners. Austin “Missile” Barnes and Jonathan Falkner are solid at linebacker going into the jamboree and Antwain Davis and Curtis Nelson will fill the defensive tackle position. Nelson is deceptively fast for his size and along with Davis should be a controlling force on the line of scrimmage.
With a season and a spring under their belts Coach Clanton said.” This fall we look to open up the defense a little. Not so much adding new wrinkles, but expounding on what we already had in place.”
This should make for a very exciting 2021-22 seasons for Wildcat fans as they wait to see how these new wrinkles will affect the offensive and defensive units for the Cats.