Northwood Academy under new leadership
The Northwood Academy Chargers have a new coach this fall.
After five years as an assistant, Philip Keefe takes over as the head football coach at Northwood Academy former head coach Jerry Stoots retired.
Keefe, a former head coach at First Baptist, has seen a slight increase in numbers and feels the Chargers can improve on last year’s 4-7 record.
Northwood opens the season Aug. 24 at Pinewood Prep. The Chargers travel to Colleton Prep on Aug. 31 in their second game.
“We have a good group out, some kids returning with experience, so I feel like we should be more competitive overall,” says Keefe. “We are still fairly young. We will be starting several underclassmen on both sides of the ball. We have pretty good experience and depth on the offensive line and that could be the strength for us. Everyone seems to be pretty excited about the season.”
Northwood returns plenty of experience in the offensive skill positions this fall, starting at quarterback where sophomore Will Lloyd returns. Lloyd took over at quarterback a few games into last season and led the team in passing and rushing yards.
Joining Lloyd in the backfield are returning running backs Darrett Drayton and Chris Williams, both juniors. Senior Tre Orr will also see time in the backfield.
Junior Isaiah Williams is the number one receiver with sophomore Douglas Wright expected to contribute in the passing game as well.
Working at tight end are sophomore Micah Deveaux and freshman Jon Glee – both first-year starters.
Entering camp, the projected starters at tackle were seniors Scott Sweatman and Corey Hansford. Josh Chambers and Ben Watkins, also seniors, were the likely starters at guard. Sophomore Dalton Kolodjiez is a candidate at center.
Some of the same players will start defensively as younger depth is developed. Watkins and Chambers head up the linebackers while Hansford and Sweatman work up front. Senior Matt Shifflett will also play up front.
Orr, Drayton and both Williams’ will anchor the secondary. Lloyd will also play in spots in the secondary, along with sophomore Alex Simmons.