August 20, 2002
The Deerfield Windsor Knights return 10 starters on offense but most of their offense last year came from now graduated running back Nerada Kelson who rushed for a school record 1,928 yards. But Head Coach Allen Lowe is hoping the ones who are hurt most by Kelson's graduation this year are opposing defenses. Allen Lowe said, "We feel like we will be a lot harder to prepare for this year because we have more than one weapon. And we had more than one weapon last year but he was one we knew we would count on week in and week out. "
One of those weapons is senior Wayne Riles who will line up this season at split end as well as the tight end position he has played since he was freshman. Wayne Riles said, "Playing different positions is more fun. I just hope I can do what I can to help the team."
Throwing the football to Riles and the other Deerfield receivers is quarterback Jake Reese, while last year's fullback Chris Harris and sophomore Jonathan Siskey will get most of the carries at running back. Senior Chris Harris said. "It is a lot more fun to carry the ball because you get more recognition. But it is not all about that. It is about the team, the team comes first."
The Knights not only return every starter on both lines of scrimmage, they have also added depth. Everything is in place for a run at a state title at Deerfield-Windsor. Now it is up to the Knights to get it done every Friday night. Coach Lowe said, "We expect to have a good year but we still got to play the best football at the right time."
Deerfield Windsor opens their season Friday night at home against Brookwood.
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