Three Dunwoody High School graduating seniors recently received athletic scholarships to continue playing football on the collegiate level for this upcoming fall.
Zach Bronstorph, a long snapper, will attend Point University in West Point, Ga. Defensive ends Steven Camara and Ulysses Smith will matriculate to Huntingdon College, located in Montgomery, Ala., and New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, N.M. respectively.
“We spend a large amount of time on recruiting for our kids even after signing day in February,” said Dunwoody football head coach Jim Showfety. “Many of the smaller schools keep pursuing players in the spring and even summer before their football season begins. We push our kids hard to attend college and we have the players for these schools’ rosters.”
Dunwoody is coming off of a disappointing 1-9 campaign in 2012, the first season that the Wildcats were in Class AAAAA. Coach Showfety looks at last season’s record as motivation for this upcoming year.
“We held our own as a very young team last year and started around 12 sophomores in our lineup,” stated Showfety. “The experiences and adversity that we overcame last season will ultimately help us here in 2013.”
One priority that the program will focus on is increasing the coaching staff, which currently consists of only two full-time coaches, including Showfety.
“Our situation is difficult at times and we’re working hard on filling out our coaching staff, especially on the defensive end,” said Showfety, who has more than 18 years of high school coaching experience in the state of Georgia including stints as an assistant at Marist, Athens Academy and North Springs, his alma mater. In 2007, Showfety led the Chamblee Bulldogs to a school record-high 12 wins and an appearance in the Class AAA playoff semifinals. That season, he was named the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAA Coach of the Year.
The Dunwoody roster will be led this season by three seniors with ample playing experience. Jordan Haas has been a three-year starter for the Wildcats at center and linebacker, while Robert Johnson has earned the same distinction at fullback and linebacker. Aaron Alexander provides Dunwoody with a big-play threat at running back and also has been in the starting defensive unit as a defensive back.
“The boys are working hard and the seniors are showing leadership,” said Showfety.
Dunwoody competes in one of the toughest regions in the entire state of Georgia, Region 6-AAAAA and battles perennial state title contenders such as M.L. King, Tucker and Stephenson. However, prior to last season’s campaign, the Wildcats averaged nearly 8 wins per year in the previous five seasons and won a state football title in 1993.
Dunwoody opens the 2013 season in a home tilt against Chamblee on Aug. 30.