This year’s squad will be noticeably different after Whitefield graduated 18 seniors. Coach Jimmy Fields is prepared to see the shift in leadership take place and is confident the team will prosper once again.
“A few hundredths of a point kept us out of the postseason last year,” Fields said. “Those 18 seniors that are gone helped right the ship after our two losing seasons. So, I can’t blame the points guys. We just need to win.
“We’ll be young after going from 18 seniors to six, but these seniors are of a good quality. We’ll move forward and they’ll lead us in a different way and meet the challenges set in front of them by last year’s leaders.”
Quarterback Everett Pollard will be one of those guys counted on to be a leader. In his second season as the starting quarterback for Whitefield, Pollard’s presence in the offense is important to keep the winning momentum going.
“Pollard played with those other guys who had experience,” Fields said. “He gives us a guy with the qualities we’ll need out on the field.”
The Wolfpack have several skill players returning on offense - Braelen Phillips, Jaylen Hudson, Sky Dupree, Alex Manning and Lawrence Waters - which should translate well on the scoreboard.
“If we have a strength, it’s that a lot of our skill players are back,” Fields said. Waters is slated to play a prominent role at running back this year, while also playing some linebacker during games. Phillips returns as a defensive back and wide receiver, while Hudson is slated to play defensive end and come off the bench as an offensive linemen.
Dupree will play linebacker, where he had 94 tackles a year ago, and see some time at running back. Manning will be an outside linebacker.
Aug. 30 Pace Academy
Sept. 6 Riverside Military
Sept. 13 at St. Francis*
Sept. 27 at Gordon Lee*
Oct 04 at Fellowship Christian*
Oct. 11 Mount Paran Christian*
Oct. 18 at Mount Pisgah Christian*
Oct. 25 Walker*
Nov. 1 at King's Ridge Christian*
*denotes region game