It was only a matter of inches at the Crisp County goal line last season that ended up keeping the Westover High Patriots out of the AAA state playoffs.
The Patriots believe they have the beef to make the postseason but skill is a concern.
Westover High coach Jeff Caldwell says he feels good about the guys who play with their hands on the ground.
The Patriots return three starters on defense and their offensive line.
The holes are in the skill position in the offense and in the secondary on defense.
Coach Caldwell is hoping players like Steve Bowens, Dominque Barnes and Keon Miller can step up in the backfield and secondary.
The supporting cast is needed with quarterback Rashad Johnson.
The senior was one of the leaders in total offense in the region last season.
Jeff Caldwell said. "He ran a little bit gawdy in the past and through a lot of the movement workouts we do he is a little bit more polished. He is always a threat to pull it down and run and he can make some things happen there too. So, he is a double threat. Who know, we may let him punt next."
Westover opens the season at home August 28th against Lee County.
Westover High School - Patriots
Head Coach: Jeff Caldwell
Coaching Staff: Def. Coord. Danny Blaylock, Off Coord. Josh Caldwell, Varsity Assistants Calvin Poole, Jessie Jackson, Cleatus Hopkins, Alton Bentley, Junior Varsity, Nikki Carlisle, Lewis Smith, Spencer Fortson
Principal: Mr. William Chunn
2008 Record: 5-5
Type of Offense: Multiply I
Type of Defense: 4-3
Team Strength's for 2009
Offensively we return all but one starting lineman. A productive passing game. And hopefully an improved running game
Defensively our secondary should be improved with many players getting playing time from 2008
Team Weakness for 2009
Region finish for 2009 (Coaches opinion)
1) Peach Co. 2)Cairo 3) Dougherty 4) Perry 5678 up in the air with Westover, Crisp Co. Worth Co. Monroe competitive.
Leading Rusher 2008 graduated
Leading Passer 2008 Rashad Jackson 82 comp/ 182 att/ 9 int/ 9 Td/ 1523 yards
Leading Receiver 2008 Rashad Greene 31 catches/ 683 yards/ 5 td's
Leading Scorer 2008 Rashad Greene 7 td's Rashad Jackson 7 td's
Leading Tackler 2008 Sedric Rowe Graduated
Leading Interceptions 2008 Rashad Greene 3
QB: Rashad Jackson 6'3" 200lbs.
DE: DonShawn Carter 6' 195lbs.
DE: Richmond Harrison 6'2" 210lbs.
Other Returning Starters:
WR/DB: Rashad Greene JR
DB: Jarvarris Lewis JR
FB: Dominic Barnes JR
DB: Keion Miller SR
DB: Garrett Smiley SR
LB: Dequan Davis JR
TE: Justin Yeatts SR
DE: Devontay Jordan JR
OL: Justin Lucas SR
OL: Tyrique Hart SR
OL: Tay Kegler SR