How they stack up
Outlook: It’s hard to gauge this team just yet. Bobby Collins’ stamp fell quickly on the Bruins in the form of faster, more detail-oriented practices, but the team’s success this fall will depend in large part upon developing and maintaining depth, while avoiding injuries.
Lancaster needs to avoid injury problems most on its front line, which does return three seniors, led by Trevin Watts. Collins indicated his team will run the football and bleed the clock at times this year, and he has a group of four running backs ready to take turns in the backfield. Jay Hood gives the Bruins a legitimate college-level passing threat and Keendarius Truesdale returns at QB for his third consecutive season as starter.
Lancaster got cleaned out on the defensive front, but does return Juanyae Richardson at defensive end. Cameron Meadows is the defensive star after making 160-plus tackles and earning first team all-area honors last fall. Dre Bailey will play in the secondary, along with Will Jackson and a host of newcomers. Collins said he has a starting 22, but “I’m gonna play the best players. We have guys that will play a little both ways.”
Departed: DL Quay Reid, DL Darrius Truesdale, WR Austin Franceschelli, LB Quinshun Evans, DB Rashun Cloud, WR Alex Ealy
Key players: WR Jay Hood, QB Keendarius Truesdale, LB Cameron Meadows, RB/DB Dre Bailey, RB Kadarius Wright, OL Trevin Watts, OL Caleb Funderburk, OL Myles Lathan, OL Lewis Johnson
Collins said: Numbers are still a bit of a concern for Lancaster’s football program, meaning Collins will be hunting down potential football players until school starts.
“I’m in the process of probably doing that same thing any minute. We’re not missing many. Some of our guys are in different situations with their parents, but for the most part, guys are showing up every day, getting to practice and plugging in and doing the things they’re supposed to do for us.”
Did you know? The Bruins’ new offensive line coach, David Harrison, came with Collins from Hough High (Cornelius, N.C.). Harrison was a four-year starter and Football Championship Series All-American offensive lineman at Elon University, before trying out with the St. Louis Rams in 2010. Collins was also an offensive lineman in college, playing his football at South Carolina State. Collins coached Harrison at West Mecklenburg High (Charlotte) and called him one of the best offensive-line coaches in the state.