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Druid Hills seeks posteason appearance
by Marcel Pourtout
August 07, 2013 11:39 AM | 2901 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye / 
From left, Druid Hills seniors, Ben Whealler and Tyqueze Walker.
Staff / Katherine Frye / From left, Druid Hills seniors, Ben Whealler and Tyqueze Walker.
The Druid Hill Red Devils finished last season with a record of 4-6, narrowly missing the playoffs last year when a loss to Rockdale County, 18-14, in the last week ended postseason hopes. “We were one play away from making the playoffs last year,” said Druid Hills head coach Mark Adams who enters his first year as head coach of the Red Devils. “Our theme the entire summer has been ‘Closing Deals’ because we’re no longer interested in moral victories.”

Druid Hills has hired Terrance Amos as its new offensive coordinator and will install a shotgun offense, most likely led by sophomore Michael Scott. “He’s a versatile athlete who is a courageous player with the ball and has a unique skill set of running and passing,” said Adams.

The offensive line, led by junior Hakeem Enis, will clear the path for his brother, sophomore Hassan Enis, who had the most rushing yards for a returning Red Devils’ player with 555 yards on the ground last season. Junior receiver DaJour Maddox and sophomore running back Equavius Huff will contribute as well.

Maddox will also be active on the Druid Hills defense as his nine sacks last season were the sixth-most in the county. The defensive unit had the third-most team sacks in the county with 38. Junior linebacker Dax Tolson leads the back seven along with defensive back Drew Huggins, who Adams expects to have a strong year. “Drew (Huggins) is a tremendous athlete,” said Adams. “He’s a good defender against the short passing game.”

Senior Ben Whealler will handle all kicking responsibilities for the fourth season on the varsity level, including punting, in which he averaged 40.9 yards per attempt, good enough for second in DeKalb County.

“We won’t be satisfied this season without a playoff appearance,” said Adams. “It’s playoffs or bust for us. We have to work hard and our leaders need to step up for it to happen.”

The Red Devils will begin the season at Clarkson Aug. 30.

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