Senior running back/defensive back Isaiah Pead should be more than enough to get the Warriors back to the playoffs, despite moving up to Division III. Pead had 1,820 yards and 23 TDs in 2006. Senior QB Terrence Drakeford also had over 1,000 yards. With several others back on offense, the Warriors should be fun to watch in ’07.
* Players To Watch – RB/DB Isaiah Pead (5-11, 190, Sr.), RB/SS Vince Williams (5-8, 190, Sr.), DE/LB Marcus Ervin (5-11, 180, Sr.), QB Terrence Drakeford (5-10, 175, Sr.), C/NG Darryl Wood (5-10, 240, Jr.), WR/CB Alex Coleman (5-7, 165, Jr.), OG/LB Victor Rodriguez (6-2, 225, Jr.)
* Outlook – With over 2,800 yards of total offense coming from just two players Pead and Drakeford the Warriors should be one of the most prolific offensive teams in the state. Although Eastmoor has been bumped up a division, Miranda is still expecting great things from his team this fall.
“Our running game is back in tact,” Miranda stated. “We’re returning Isaiah and hoping to give him more than 15 carries per game. He was very productive in what he did last year. Drakeford is back at quarterback as is our No. 1 receiver. Our entire offensive line was also sophomores last year.
Experience is a strength on offense and our entire offense should be a strength.
“We’ve moved up to D-III, but expectations are high this year. With more experience, we want to be more productive. We’re not as wide-eyed as we were last year in the playoffs. Hopefully, we’ll be more grounded and the plan is to make the playoffs.”
The biggest concern the Warriors are facing is question marks at the linebacker position. Miranda said Rodriguez is being moved from defensive end to linebacker and is hoping to build the rest of the unit around him.
“Not only we will keep an eye on the linebacking corps, but we’ll also have to replace a few players in the secondary.”