Stratford Knights 2007 Preview

Although several players may have departed from last season's team, there's a host of young talent ready to step up like Asheton Jordan (pictured) and show that they can carry on the winning tradition that has been established at Stratford High. Come inside for a sneak peak at the 2007 Stratford Knights.

Coach: Ray Stackley (23rd season)

Region: 7-AAAA

Record in 2006: 12-2

Key Players Lost: OL Juavahr Nathan (SC State), OL Bryan Brooks (Coastal Carolina), K Nick Kinney (Newberry), RB G.J. Jordan (Pikeville College), LB Anthony Burris, QB Dexter Washington, DB Brandon Richards, DE/S Kyle Greenway

RB Asheton Jordan will be a multi-purpose threat on the offensive side of the ball for the Knights this season. Jordan who primarily lined up at wideout last season will be making the switch to running back. He will be the "featured back" leading the ground attack for Knights this fall. Whenever it's time for the Knights to air it out, they will have help from veteran receivers Rashad Mole, Aaron Preston, and TE John Weaver. Replacing the departed seniors on the offensive line unit will be a tall order for the Knights. By the time August rolls around, Stratford could possibly have 3-4 sophomores penciled in as starters. Rising junior Tyler McDonald who saw limited action at the QB spot will have a chance to move into the starting role. But he must prove that he is ready for solid minutes.

Style of Offense: Multiple

Key Players on Offense: RB Asheton Jordan, RB Kent Akins, WR Rashad Mole, TE John Weaver, WR Aaron Preston

The Knights defense took one of the biggest hits after loosing their entire secondary from a season ago. Plenty of positions will be up for grabs in this unit. The question is, who's going to step up? With the loss of Brandon Richards and Anthony Burris, the Knights will be calling upon C.J. Missick to lead the linebacking core. The defensive line unit will be anchored by Senior DL Jeff Walker. The emergence of Walker and Missick could certainly be the key to the Knight's success on defense.

Defensive Formation: 4-2

Key Player(s) on Defense: LB C.J. Missick, DL Jeff Walker

With K Nick Kinney moving on to the college ranks, It will be up to SR Daniel Martin (lefty) to handle the kicking duties.

Young Star(s) on the Rise: QB Tyler McDonald, LB Johnny King, DB Brant Salley

Final Thoughts: Here at Stratford, we talk about getting better day by day, and week by week. We don't care about how many games we win during the regular season; we just want be in a position to compete for a state championship by the end of the year – Coach Ray Stackley

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