JV Chargers have 35 young, talented players
by Larry S. Chowning
The Middlesex High school junior varsity football team kicks off its season at 4:30 p.m. at home on Wednesday, September 3, against Mathews.
The team has 35 players, which is a high number of players, but most are eighth and ninth graders who have never played organized football, said varsity head coach Heath Cockerham.
“Last year, we had to pull most of the older boys up to varsity, three or four games into the season,” noted Cockerham.
“It’s a very, very good looking group of kids,” he said. “There is a lot of raw talent there and they are working very hard to learn our offense and defense.”
Raheem Lockley will quarterback the Chargers, said Cockerham. “He is a 190-pound, 6’1” eighth-grader and is very talented.”
“We aren’t used to big squads,” said Cockerham, “but when we had 24 or so junior varsity players coming into the summer weight room program I knew we were going to have a good number of players.
“When I have that many in the summer, it means we are going to have a big team,” he said. “It got to a point we had to order extra equipment. It’s nice to see so many coming out. I think the coaches have done a good job.”
The new JV Charger head coach is Austin Moon, who is the new school resource officer at Middlesex High. Chuck Morris and Scott Henley are returning assistant coaches for the team.
The Charger roster includes Zack Belcher, tight end and linebacker; Dean Billings, tight end and defensive end; Skyler Bolt, offensive and defensive lineman; Shane Bristow, quarterback and defensive back; Nick Burton, offensive and defensive lineman; and Chris Chamberlain, wingback and defensive end.
Also, Chris Chewning, Jeremy Collier and Blake Dameron will play defensive back and split end; Mickey Daniel and Hunter Davis will play offensive and defensive line positions; and Brian Dickson will play wingback and linebacker.
Ben Eanes will play on the offensive and defensive line; Darrien Fisher, P.J. Hart and Malik Henderson are split ends and defensive backs; and Craig Jackson will play wingback and defensive back.
Jonathan Jackson and Cullen Johnson will play split end and defensive back; Grayson Johnson, tight end and defensive back; Mike Johnson, wingback and linebacker; and Donovan Jones, flanker and linebacker.
Alvin Keyser will play wingback and linebacker; Avertt LaFevier, Baron Lawson and Jacob Lawson will play offensive and defensive line positions; and Lockley will play quarterback on offense and a linebacker on defense.
Joe Nelson will play wingback and defensive back; Dylan Norwood, on the offensive and defensive line; John Purcell, flanker and linebacker; Calvin Rhodes, offensive and defensive lineman; Stone Shores, tight end and defensive end; Jodeci Smith, wingback and defensive end; and William Smith and Nate Wood, offensive and defensive linemen.
“We are young, but let me repeat, I see a lot of talent in this team,” said Cockerham.