THE FALCONS OF A.C. Flora will take the field under second-year coach Reggie Shaw this season, and they are looking good.
Returning at quarterback for the Falcons is junior Brendan Greene, who threw for 25 touchdowns in 2013 and will have strong talent surrounding him.
The wide receiver spot could be lethal as two-way performer Denzell Johnson is a threat to score any time he touches the football, and senior Michael Amione has looked strong in camps in the offseason.
The Falcons have a void at running back created by graduation but have several candidates who got touches last year.
The offensive line requires rebuilding and is an area on which Shaw wants to focus.
“We need to get some experience up front,” Shaw said, “and, honestly, will be a key factor in how successful we can be on offense.”
Defensively, the Falcons are scary, especially in the secondary. Johnson and senior Rion Davis give strength at the safety positions, with Davis able to play linebacker as well. Tyler Gray adds another anchor in the secondary and can play at wide receiver. Tyvon Brown is an excellent cornerback.
Tyrell Goodwin anchors the defensive line, and he is one of the best in the Midlands. Darrell Davies will play on one end and help give strength in the trenches.
James Croffie gives the Falcons strength at the linebacker spot and will be the leader of that group.
“We’ve made some strides,” Shaw said. “We played hard down the stretch last year, and I think it’s carried over into this spring. The kids have worked super hard in the weight room, and it is starting to pay off. If we can get healthy and get everyone back, we can be very competitive.”
The Falcons, after struggling early in 2013, look like the team to beat in Region 4-3A as they head into summer workouts.