Jeff Carlberg, formerly the defensive coordinator at reigning region champion Alpharetta, is the man assigned to that post and has spent all spring and summer transforming Centennial from a veer-option attack to a fast-paced Tony Franklin spread offense.
“We’ll be in one-back and four wide receivers most of the game, which is a change from a team that didn’t throw the ball much at all last year,” said Carlberg who has hired former Jackson County offensive coordinator Carl Cole to head up his offense. “I like the direction we are going in so far, things are starting to come together and we are getting some leadership.”
Among his early leaders, Carlberg gave a nod to senior quarterback Chase Rosenberg — a player that has put in the work on and off the field to be the point man in the pass heavy attack.
“In this offense the [quarterback’s] reads are much more complicated and Chase has done a good job of learning and understanding those concepts. He still has to improve his execution in places but we like the direction he is going.”
On the defensive side of the ball Carlberg hopes to bring just as much change to a group that allowed nearly 35 points per game in 2011. He’ll attempt to do so with the same high-pressure blitzing scheme that he used at Alpharetta while attacking from a variety of looks in the front 7 — which he said is the team’s biggest strengths.
“Ryan Bennett is back at linebacker and he is very important to what we are going to do. We also feel very good about our defensive line that returns Lloyd Glenn, Caleb Howard and includes Lorenzo McWilliams (a transfer from Salem High School).”
“If we can stabilize our secondary we have a chance to be pretty good.”
The learning curve will be steep in 6AAAAAA as six of the eight teams were state playoff teams a year ago — with only North Forsyth and South Forsyth falling short.
9-21 @Johns Creek
9-28 @West Forsyth
10-19 South Forsyth
10-26 North Forsyth