• Monday, August 20, 2012

Cathedral Academy players run through summer drills.

Rick Howell thinks his first year at Cathedral Academy will be a good one. “I think we will be pretty good,” the new Generals football coach said. “We have five seniors on the offensive line who are hard workers and they are my leaders. We have 14 guys who have been here every day since May for our summer program. They have hit the weights and are in great shape so I think we will be a physical team this year.”  After going 6-5 last season, the Generals only lost three players to graduation in the spring and all the other players are back this year. The team also has two new members, Jake LeCroy and Lloyd Hayes. Quarterback Christian Rogers and running back Dylan Jones both return to the offensive backfield. Standing 6-foot tall and weighing over 200 pounds, Jones is a true standout in the Generals’ league.  “We play eight-man football, but I have a couple of guys here who could play somewhere like Fort Dorchester,” Howell said. “I think Dylan Jones is going to be one of the best running backs in the state. And the work ethic of our players has been just awesome.” Nikko Brace, Troy Gross and Trace Varella bring a lot of experience to the Generals’ defense. Other players back for the team’s second season of 8-man football are Dustin Wise, Jeffery Ryalnd, Drew Murray, Ryan Carter, Mitchell Corwin, Christian Gurney and Tyler Williams. Howell was a four-year starter for the Charleston Southern University offensive line. He started 44 games for CSU, playing both the guard and center positions. He received all-conference honors as a junior and senior and was a member of the 2005 Buccaneer team that earned the only Big South Football Championship in CSU history. With Howell leading the offensive line, quarterback Collin Draft set several records. The 26-year-old came to Cathedral with prior coaching experience. He served as a student assistant at CSU and last year coached the offensive line for Coastal Christian Prep, which did make the playoffs. Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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