Coach: Justin Hardin, 2nd season (46-30 overall)
2018 Record: 6-5, 1-2 in CISAA
Returning Starters: Offense, 6; Defense, 6
Inside the Huddle
Last season, the Hawks struggled offensively, averaging just 25 points per game, which was their worst output since 2012. However, with 14 seniors on the roster, and many of them playing huge roles, experience and continuity are going to be the biggest strengths for this season’s Hawks.
They have experience all over the roster starting with quarterback Jake Helfrich, who should have another big year. Running backs Carter Stockwell and Ja’Varis Bufford will split carries, and both are explosive.
Andrew Sumuchrast and Dennis Smith should be among the top targets through the air, and the offensive line returns intact and is led by AJ Tolber and Ryan Bonner.
While the offense struggled to score many points, the defense shined as they allowed just 17 points per game.
Like lots of Hawks, Tolber is pulling double duty, but is certainly one to watch on this side of the ball. He’s got a high motor and has great instincts around the ball.
Bonner is another one on the line that opposing coaches must keep covered up.
The linebackers are a good group, led by Bennett Smith. Honorable mention all-state cornerback Randy Johnson is a ball hawk. Sumichrast and Daniel Haughton are also playmakers in the secondary.
This is a very experienced team that should be among the top Division II teams in the state once again after winning that title in 2017. If the offense can pick it up a notch, this team has all the tools.
QB: Jake Helfrich; RB: Carter Stockwell/Ja’Varis Bufford; WR: Grayson Clements; WR: Andrew Sumichrast; WR: Daniel Haughton/Charles Watson; TE: Dennis Smith; LT: Ryan Bonner; LG: Bruno Lamas; C: AJ Tobler; RG: Jackson Edwards/Will McCabe; and RT: Thomas Cashion.
DE: Jackson Edwards; DE: Ryan Bonner; DT: AJ Tobler; DT: Matthew Mackey; LB: Bennett Smith; LB: Chase Montgomery; LB: Michael Finke; CB: Andrew Sumichrast; CB: Randy Johnson; S: Daniel Haughton; and S: Charles Watson/Matt Schwartz.
K: Ben McCarter; P: Ben McCarter; R Ret: Charles Watson/Daniel Haughton; and K Ret: Carter Stockwell.