Football Friday 2018 Preview: Chatham Cavaliers


    Football Friday 2018 Preview: Chatham Cavaliers

    Chatham Cavaliers

    Head Coach: Matt Allen (3rd Year)

    Last year's record/playoff result: 3-7, Did not qualify for playoffs

    Starters returning: 4 on offense, 8 on defense

    Key Players (with position (s)): Ethan Reynolds, Jr. QB/FS, Kamden Lewis, Sr. WR/OLB, Hunter Furr, Sr. WR/DB, Peyton McCoy, Jr. WR/DB/RB, Jacob Pickral, Jr. WR/DB, Caleb Oakes, Jr. OL/DL

    Games to Circle: 8/31 vs. Buckingham County (home opener, Allen a former Knights asst. Coach), 9/14 vs. Tunstall, 9/21 at Gretna, 10/12 vs. Dan River

    Team Schedule (home games in BOLD):

    • 8/24at James River-Buchanan
    • 8/31Buckingham County
    • 9/7at Martinsville
    • 9/14Tunstall
    • 9/21at Gretna
    • 9/28Bye
    • 10/5Appomattox
    • 10/12Dan River
    • 10/19at Cumberland
    • 10/26at Altavista
    • 11/2William Campbell

    Summary: What was a promising 2-0 start a year ago for Chatham quickly disintegrated, as the Cavaliers lost 7 of their last 8 games and just missed the playoffs. But coach Matt Allen has plenty of reasons for optimism. Returning 12 starters to this years squad, Allen says his players are stronger, not just in the weight room, but mentally, in order to survive any adversity they hit along the way. Ethan Reynolds looks for a big year at quarterback, with talented receivers there to help him out. The defense will be a key focus this year, after allowing the most points for a Cavaliers team since 2002. The important thing, as Allen puts it, is what the response will be when you get “hit in the mouth” with adversity mid-game. That response could signal how Chatham performs in 2018.

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