Football is out to prove that last year was no fluke
School is back in session, the leaves are starting to fall, and the Blair football warriors are getting ready to start their 2002 campaign. After an astonishing 5-4 season in 2001, this year fans are prepped for an encore. These Blazers are out to prove to the school, to the county, and most importantly, to themselves that last year was no fluke.
Gone are emotional leaders, lineman Junior Jabbe and all-purpose running back James McCrae. Both are playing football for Bryant College, a young Division II football program in Rhode Island. Gone is rock solid 300-pound lineman Pierre Ayers and gone is last year's remarkable season. Led by a stout group of returning seniors this group looks to burn up the county 4a division and advance to the playoffs for the first time ever.
With second year varsity quarterback senior Arie Piesert back at the helm and his two stud receivers to catch his passes as well. Seniors Avon Jackson and Cedric Mack will play a more integral part in Coach James's Shorts offense than they ever have in the past. Short has put more passing plays into the offense this year and has dedicated entire formations to the pass. With Jackson's sure hands and Mack's blazing speed these two will be a tandem for the ages.
Tailback Jermaine Jack who saw minimum action at tailback last year is back to rip up opposing defenses. He has the quickest feet on the team and a hellacious first step. He's a small, crafty running back who can take it to the house on ever play.
Once again the Blazers have plenty of meat in the backfield. With the two bowling balls of steel, seniors Ricardo Campos and Felix Ruiz are a load to say the least. Campos has a punishing running style and is an even more formidable blocker. The trio in the backfield will be able to perform the "Fun n' Run" offense and pick up massive yardage on the ground.
As with last year's team the offensive line is massive and will be one of the strongest parts on the machine that is Blair football. Anchored by 6'4 260 pound senior tackle Joe Daly and fellow senior Chris Giovanello the Blazers look strong pass blocking or opening holes for backs.
Defensively, the team looks strong as well. With seven returning starters, there should be little problems on the defensive side of the ball. With scrawny junior Perry Smith at free safety, junior Josh Garcia at cornerback, and returning senior starters Mack and Jack rounding out the secondary they look almost impenetrable.
Cal's Call: The 2002 Blazers are a most talented group of young men who look to be as entertaining to watch as they were last year. Their goal for this season is 10-0 but with a schedule that includes Seneca Valley and Paint Branch it will be tough. But the resolve in the locker room of this team is unmatched and their will to win is so great that even with a schedule as tough as theirs, they are undaunted with the task at hand. "We feel we can go undefeated this year and playoffs are actually a reality and not just wishful thinking," says Jackson. Watch out Montgomery County, here come the mighty Blazers
Calvin Anderson. Calvin Anderson was born in Washington D.C. on January 3rd 1986. He now lives with his mom in Takoma Park Maryland. Calvin is the man behind the infamous column Cal's Call. In addition to writing his column he enjoys playing sports including lacrosse and basketball … More »