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Southern Cloud Warriors Football Preview

by Julian Aramendi

August 23, 2018

As the fall sports season nears, it is good and proper to provide news concerning the outlook for the Southern Cloud Football team.

The Warriors finished 2-7 in 2017.  The four-man senior class of Carson Bellows, Jake Comstock, Ryan Paillet, and Zach Paillet headline the roster.  Three juniors, three sophomores and seven freshmen fill out a roster 17-strong, the largest since a 21-player turnout for the 2012 season. 

Bellows, Comstock, Ryan Paillet, and Morgan Coleman return as offensive starters.  Bellows is slated to start at tailback; Comstock (center) and Paillet (end) will play up front; and Coleman enters his second year as the starting quarterback.  The departures of Joe Cool, Bailey Kennedy, and Kamdyn Ryser (the former two through graduation, the latter by way of transfer) leave three spots along the line to fill.  Lane Martin’s graduation opens up the fullback position. 

While the four returning starters on offense were more or less wire-to-wire first-teamers, only three players last year started every game on defense.  Of these, two graduated.  Ryan Paillet returns to his defensive back position as the only nine-game defensive starter from last season.  However, a bevy of players with starting experience come back; Bellows, Coleman, Comstock, Kaeleb Mock, and Zach Paillet.  Comstock, Custer, Mock, and Paillet will compete for playing time along the line, while Bellows and Coleman figure to play most of the time as linebackers.  The need for depth at the latter position group will almost certainly require adjustments of personnel.  

Zach Paillet handled the kickoff duties last season and is likely to perform the task again (we hope he will have many more occasions to do so).  The punting spot is open, with Paillet and Coleman (who punted in junior high) the current lead contenders. 

The Warriors will put on a scrimmage Thursday August 23 at Lobaugh Field at 6:30 PM.  The Southern Cloud Volleyball team will kick off (serve up? volley forth?) the night’s events at 5:00 with a scrimmage of their own, followed by the Cross Country team at 6:15.  While this account is focused upon pigskin prospects, the writer unreservedly encourages the attendance of any or all of these happenings. 


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