Coach Tony Midgette is only partially joking when he describes his team’s lack of depth. J.F. Webb is one of the smallest 3A schools in the state.
“Some of y’all are going to have to play three or four positions,” he told his team. “Offense, defense, special teams and you may have to be the water boy this year.”
The Warriors will need everybody to compete in a tough Big 8 Conference, its last year before the new realignment, when Webb moves down to 2A.
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Tyrone Clark and Tyshawn White are the only two returning starters on defense. Clark, a junior who will also take snaps at running back, has started since his freshman year.
Wide receiver Joseph McCallister is one of the greater Triangle’s hidden gems; one-fourth of his 20 catches were for TDs last year. Offensive lineman Jackson Claiborne had a great year as a 6-foot-3, 255-pound freshman offensive lineman.
What’s a team strength? Weakness?
The Warriors are adjusting well. Webb will pass more next year and may switch defenses to a 3-4 to adjust to a lack of depth on the line.
“We do have a work-hard group. The kids have impressed me with their work ethic,” Midgette said. “We’ve got a lot more leaders this year I think.”
What’s the biggest key this year?
There were a few close losses that got away from the Warriors late – particularly Franklinton (32-27) and Northern Vance (35-34) – thanks to miscues.
“We’ve got to pay more attention to detail,” Midgette said.
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Last year: 3-8 (0-6 Big 8 3A)
Five year average: 3-8 (1-5)
Preseason N&O rank: Unranked
Offense: Pro-I, multiple
Defense: 4-3, 3-4
Coaches: Tony Midgette (Head coach/Def. coordinator), Antonio Midgette (Off. coordinator), Bryant Blackwell (RBs), Phillip Evans (RBs), Lewis Wilkerson (assistant head coach/TEs), Paul White (WRs), Tivon Abney (OL), Larry Hester (DL), Jamil Belton (DBs)
Contributors: Trevion Harris (Sr., QB), Tywain Boswell (Jr., RB), Joseph McAllister (Sr., WR), Unique Heggie (Jr., WR), Jackson Claiborne (Soph., C/DL), Hunter Kitchen (Sr., OL/DL), Rahzel Wade (Jr., LB), Tyrone Clark Jr. (Jr., DB/RB), Tyshawn White (Sr., DB)
Tailik Fuller (Sr., DL),
Clay Hicks (Sr., DB), KaJuan Hart (Jr., DB),
The main number: 7 – the Warriors enter the year with a seven-game losing streak.
Aug. 19 at Granville Central, 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 vs. Southern Vance, 7 p.m.
Sep. 2 at South Granville, 7 p.m.
Sep. 9 vs. Louisburg, 7 p.m.
Sep. 16 vs. Franklinton, 7 p.m.
Sep. 23* vs. Northern Vance, 7 p.m.
Sep. 30* at Chapel Hill, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 BYE
Oct. 14* vs. Northwood, 7 p.m.
Oct. 21* vs. Cedar Ridge, 7 p.m.
Oct. 28* at Orange, 7 p.m.
Nov. 4* at Southern Durham, 7 p.m.
Note: *Conference game.