(There is a new mentality at Carman-Ainsworth)
Talent has never been a problem at Carman-Aisworth, it has been leadership. But now the Cavs seem to be in the right direction under new head coach- Nate Williams. "Coach Williams has changed our mentality and attitude towards football. We used to be undisciplined and worried about individual performances but now we are disciplined and the team comes first," says junior Tre Branch.
OFFENSE- that offense has yet to get their feet wet but they are talented and have the players to bust open the big play. My concern is if they will be able to sustain long drives.
Although they are inexperienced at the skilled positions the O-line returns four players and Trey Branch will solidify the fifth spot giving the Cavs a huge and physical O-line that averages 6-3 and 280 pounds. "We understand how to block as one unit, we'll be able to give our QB time and our backs holes to run through." says Branch.
DEFENSE- the D will be the heart and soul of this team. With 9 starters returning, and a handful of D-1 prospects, the Cavs will be solid in all aspects of the game. The front seven has a rare blend of size and speed and the secondary is filled with gamebreakers.
SCHEDULE- most teams coming off of a 2-7 record and a new coach don't usually go out and try to toughen up their schedule, but that is exactly what Coach Williams has done. The Cavs could come out of this schedule 9-0 or 0-9.
Not only do they have to battle their Big 9 rivals in Davison, Flushing, Grand Blanc, and Powers but they have to face De La Salle, Traverse City West, and East Lansing. All three of those teams had long playoff runs last year and return key players.
PREDICTION: 6-3 I love this defense but the schedule is real tough. The defense will carry the load until the offense can carry itself. I predict the Cavs to fight their way into the playoffs- once there, I believe that they are more than capable of stealing a few wins.
Trey Branch, DE/RG- only a junior but has the most seniority on the team. The three year starter at D-end will bounce around the defense showing off his versatility at different positions.
Aaron Brandt, LG/DT- an experienced lineman with great technique. Brandt will also be a key run stopper at D-tackle. He sizes up at 6-4 and 265 pounds.
Ricky Clemens, OT- the senior lineman sizes up at 6-5 and 300 pounds. He gets off the line fast and knows how to hold a block.
Adrien Grant, S/WR- the 6-3 receiver will be a threat offensively but he is more important for the team when he lines up at safety.
Nick Hill, QB- the sophomore has won the QB battle and will take control going into week 1. Hill is 5-11 and blessed with a ton of speed. The upper classmen boast about how well of a leader he is for being so young.
Lance Simmons, RB/LB- the bulky back will head the rush attack and guide the talented linebacker core. Simmons likes to get physical but can also use speed moves to elude defenders.
HELLO, MY NAME IS.... Shane Barron Only a freshman but will see a significant amount of plays. Barron has ridiculous athleticism and is a pure playmaker. He will line up at receiver but will also see some snaps in the backfield.