“We took our hits last year and had to play many young guys,” said Dunwoody head coach Jim Showfety, entering his fourth year with the Wildcats. “I want our guys to play with more confidence and it will pay off this year.”
Dunwoody will have the benefit of returning experienced offensive linemen including seniors Jordan Hass, Garrett Menich and Alex McCartry to the lineup along with junior Nick Buchannan and Lewis Freeman. “We expect our seniors to be the leaders of the team and we’re looking for good things out of them.
Senior fullback Robert Johnson is the team’s leading returning rusher from last year and will also block the running back rotation of senior Aaron Alexander and juniors Tylor Scales and Daniel Hinton for Dunwoody. The Wildcats are also expected to receive contributions from juniors Devin Francois and Chase Hawkins.
Two quarterbacks, juniors Matthew Nathan and Chandler Kane, are vying for the starting position.
Defensively, Hass returns as the leading tackler for the Wildcats with 52 stops last season and will be joined by Johnson, Francois and Austin Broth in the linebacker group. The defensive line will feature many of the offensive linemen players rotating between both sides of the ball. Quien Powell will also be a part of the defensive line.
Alexander, who had a team-high three interceptions last year, Scales, Hawkins and junior Jon Issacs-Heyliger will man the defensive backfield.
The Wildcats had only one win last season, but had averaged more than seven annual victories in the previous four years to that, including a 12-win campaign in 2008. “Our practices have been going well and the kids are working hard,” stated Showfety. “We’re a united group with confidence and determined to turn this thing around.”
Dunwoody will host rival Chamblee in both teams’ season openers on Aug. 30.