Danville loses Mr. Football, but looks for another title this year
Danville won their 11th championship last year but with the loss of major skills players, including Kentucky's Mr. Football D'mauriae Vancleave, getting back to the title game will be a difficult task, but the Admirals are up for it.
Coach Clay Clevenger says many players are looking for their opportunity to shine this year. "We've got guys that have been in the shadows these past few, and I think they're ready to get in and see what they can do."
The Ads lose production numbers in without Vancleave, so Danville will look to other guys to step up. In the backfield, Kishown Bartleson, Warren Giffin, Chase Mcqueary and Isiah Miller will all help move the ball on the ground.
Coach Clevenger says of the game plan, "We might have to plug those guys in and use different guys in different ways to get things done. I think we have some components and pieces to be able to do that."
Danville does return many to the line, which should help the team's chances.
Isiah Singleton is excited for what the line will do. "We have pretty good size in the line, all the way across. Plus, Every single person is a two-year or three-year starter."
One of the Ads threats on the ground is QB Zack Thornton. The senior ran for almost 500 yards last year, and this year Coach Clevenger expects even more from him.
"This time last year he hadn't started a game at quarterback," says Clevenger of Thornton. "He hadn't really gotten a lot of reps. Now, he has a lot of experience a lot of confidence, and he's had a great off-season."
Danville is aware of the holes to fill, but they also know what it takes to win a championship and believe this team can get back to to the state title game.
Brennen McGuire thinks of the past, "To win another state championship, we just have to execute and played great defense like we did last year."