How they stack up
Outlook: A youth movement is afoot in Richburg, but that has Lewisville coach Will Mitchell encouraged to no end. For one reason, Lewisville’s entire football program took a spring weight-training class, including baseball and basketball players – the first time that’s happened in school history. So, the Lions are getting bigger.
Senior Cody Montgomery is a player that Mitchell can lean upon; he should line up at quarterback, but depending on sophomore Trey Keels’ progression at QB, could end up playing all over the field. Malik Stewart and Christian Laws will get the bulk of the carries in the backfield, while Hunter Davenport and Shyheim McClurkin will be a few of the players catching passes in Lewisville’s spread offense.
Seniors Tyrone McCullough, an all-area selection last season, Zach Snipes and George Busby, a 6-foot-3, 295-pounder, will anchor the Lions’ offensive line. On the defensive side, sophomore Mike Hill returns after starting all 11 games last season as a freshman, while Marquis Hart hopes to duplicate his highly disruptive 2013 campaign in which he had 23 tackles-for-loss.
Departed: ATH Tony Gaston, LB Parker Cox, WR/DB Michael Spence, WR Christian Cok, ATH Obbie Sarduy, LB Mitch Langhorn, OL P.J. Lucas, OL Gill Wilson
Key players: QB Cody Montgomery, DL Marquis Hart, DB Mike Hill, RB Malik Stewart, OL Tyrone McCullough, WR Hunter Davenport, RB Christian Laws, WR/DB Shyheim McClurkin, OL George Busby, OL Zach Snipes, WR Hunter Davenport
Mitchell said: With a young group, Mitchell has shifted his coaching style slightly.
“This is something that maybe I neglected last year, that I took for granted because we had such a great group that first year, I’m being way more proactive in team-building stuff. Getting these kids to hang around each other, not in football but other-type stuff. Talking to them about being a teammate and things you have to do along those lines. Lots more team-building, intangible stuff.”
Did you know? Twenty-eight of the 49 players on Lewisville’s roster are underclassmen, and Mitchell’s program will only graduate three linemen in the next two years. Having 49 players on the roster is news enough for a Class A program, but so many youngsters is a bittersweet anomaly; the Lions may suffer in the short term but should be strong in the coming years.