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Kecoughtan | High School Football Preview

COACH: Alonzo Coley (second year, 4-6)
2012: 4-6, 3-6.
Last playoff appearance: 2002
Group: 6A South
Conference: 2

THE SCHEDULE
Aug. 29 | at Warwick, 8 (W, 41-30)
Sept. 6 | at Granby, 7
Sept. 12 | at Denbigh, 6 (W, 27-13)
Sept. 19 | Hampton, 7 (L, 49-0)
Sept. 28 | Menchville, 2 (L, 9-3)
Oct. 4 | Bethel, 7 (L, 42-28)
Oct. 12 | at Woodside, 4 (L, 20-10)
Oct. 19 | at Heritage, 1 (L, 32-17)
Oct. 25 | Gloucester, 7 (W, 28-14)
Nov. 1 | Phoebus, 7 (L, 55-7)

THE STANDOUTS
Thomas Koufie
Sr. | 5-11 | 225 | FB/LB
Rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns last season. With Kecoughtan's new offensive scheme, he'll be more of an H-back than a true fullback. A tough dude on defense.

Nick Carrera
Jr. | 6-2 | 190 | TE/LB
In and out as the Warriors' starting quarterback the last two years, Carrera will spent more time at tight end on offense. Caught two balls for 39 yards last season.

Brian Lipscomb
Sr. | 6-2 | 255 | OT/DE
He's added some pounds and strength during the offseason. He already was quick, and Coley sees him as one of the district's premier pass rushers.

THE STORYLINES
Changing the offense. Last season, Kecoughtan ran the ball three times more than it passed. Which actually was more balanced than in 2011, when it was more than 4-to-1. Coley wants to spread things a little this year and believes QB Desmond Savage (35-of-68, 445 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) can do it.

Shoring up the D. After losing some key players, the Warriors' defense slipped last fall by allowing 28 ppg. It gave up 30 points or more in five games, including a game it won. The Warriors allowed 222 yards a game on the ground, and you can't win doing that.

Replacing Cannon. Kecoughtan's offense relied almost exclusively on Trenton Cannon last fall, so he'll be missed. But it could make the Warriors' scheme more diverse. Jacion Fugate, a transfer from Booker T. Washington, will be the starting tailback.

BEST COACH
Since its first season in 1963, Kecoughtan has played in 14 playoff games. Curt Newsome was the Warriors' head coach in all but two of them. During his time on Woodland Road from 1987-97, Kecoughtan went 86-34. The Warriors won a school-record 11 games in each of his final two seasons and advanced to the Division 6 title game in '97.

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