Country Day has a legitimate shot to return to Ford Field and finish up what they fell just short of last year and make no mistake about it, if the Yellowjackets end up hoisting that Division 4 State Trophy, it'll be on the coat tail of their upperclassmen.
But, boy does the future look bright in Yellowjacket Country!
Country Day has six sophomores on their varsity roster and all six see valuable snaps and contribute on the field early in their young careers. What makes this class so special is that all six players are spread out at key positions giving Country Day their base for the next couple years.
Josh Harris gets half of the snaps at quarterback and is a duel threat with his arm and feet. As young as Harris is he seems to always make the right decision on the field. He knows when and where to throw the ball and he knows when it is time to scramble.
While Harris gets most of the attention of the "super 6", Lee Bailey is the most consistent. Bailey has turned into the Yellowjackets best man-on-man defender from his corner position. He has great technique and athleticism to just overwhelm opposing receivers. But Bailey isn't just limited to defense, in week 1 when senior tailback O'Neil Swanson went out with a injury it was Bailey who carried the load with 80 rushing yards and a TD in the second half. Bailey has rushed for a TD in each of the Yellowjacket's first two games.
Kenny Knight and Troy Woodland line up at receivers. Woodland is a 5-9 speedster while Knight is a 6-3 stud whose game is very resembling to teammate Bennie Fowler. Knight also sees time at defensive back and outside linebacker. Knight has the toughness and athleticism to be a "special" player.
So there are the skilled position players of the future, so what's next? Lineman of course!
David Brown is one of those lineman at 6-1/230 pounds. Brown is also a linebacker making his versatility a key part in the Yellowjacket future. The sixth and final member of the "super 6" and possibly the one with the most potential is Urbane Bingham. Bingham is a 6-5/240 pound lineman/ D-end. Bingham has the skill set to play either D-end or D-tackle. He has a great first step off the ball and his size and speed is hard to match up against.
The "super 6" is a special group with plenty of talent but it doesn't stop their. These kids get it done in the classroom and understand the hard work it takes to be successful on the field. So opposing teams better understand that Country Day won't be having any let downs any time soon, at least not under the super 6's watch!