BROOKLAND-CAYCE had one of its best seasons in recent years in 2013 and coach Rusty Charpia expects more improvement in 2014.
While the Bearcats have taken over as the strongest program in Lexington 2. Charpia said his goal is to make the program the strongest in Class 3A, Region 5.
“We feel like we’ve got a chance to be a pretty good football team” Charpia said. “We had a very good spring and we’ve had more people coming to workouts than ever. We’ve got a few holes to fill, but I think we’ve got some strong candidates for those spots. I think if we can get that done, we can compete with anyone in our region.”
One of the spots that is going to be a key on offense is at quarterback, where the Bearcats graduated Indiana-bound Zeke Walker. Right now, junior Kozie Brown appears to be the leader, though there is a competition for the job with Thomas Scott.
“Brown is doing a good job for us,” said Charpia, “and he doesn’t miss workouts. That’s key, being there, for this job.”
While the Bearcats graduated some talent from the offensive line, they return senior Alex Wilkes at tackle, and will get solid play with Joey Fraylick anchoring at center.
The Bearcats return all running backs to a powerful backfield. Seniors Tiras Myers and Charles Balkcom leads the pack, with junior A.J. Brown and sophomore Cam Brown.
On defense, the Bearcats will be strong up front with Octavius “Tay” Pringle, Danny Williams and Mandrell Benn.
The linebacker group will be led by potential all-stater Marquise Inabinet and fellow senior Brett Ebener. Keyshawn James is a transfer player that has looked good in workouts.
The secondary is the biggest area of concern on defense, where the Bearcats lost Walker, who was a Shrine Bowl safety. Austin Daniels returns, but may move up to outside linebacker.
“We’re going to have to work on the secondary,” Charpia said. “We’ve got several guys – all of our offensive backs – who can work in the secondary as well, so we’ll get a good group in there.”
All kicking duties will be handled by David Kopowlski, who was also a standout for Brookland-Cayce’s soccer team.