For Chaminade-Julienne and Eagles football fans, they are hoping the third time is a charm. In two seasons under head coach Andy Helms, C-J is 11-9 and the Eagles are looking to soar back into the postseason for the first time since 2005. But C-J faces the challenge of filling in some key players lost following last year’s 6-4 campaign.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Kurt Hess (6-3, 225, Sr.), RB Isaiah Cordell (6-2, 215, Sr.), K/P Alex Kauth (6-2, 180, Sr.), WR Mike Raiff (5-9, 170, Sr.), WR Dedrick Goddard (5-10, 170, Sr.), LB Matt Miller (6-3, 220, Sr.), DB Pat Bruggeman (5-11, 180, Sr.), OL Jesse Ward (5-11, 250, Sr.), OL Andy Heck (6-1, 230, Sr.), LB Adrian Warfield (6-0, 220, Sr.), RB Jemar Rayford (5-7, 150, Jr.), WR Anthony Curtis (6-2, 160, Jr.), WR Laron Brown (6-2, 160, Jr.), DE Quayshawn Littlejohn (6-0, 200, Jr.), Ahmad Mack (5-11, 150, Jr.), TE/DE Andy Jomantas (6-7, 220, Jr.).
For Chaminade-Julienne and Eagles football fans, they are hoping the third time is a charm.
In two seasons under head coach Andy Helms, C-J is 11-9 and the Eagles are looking to soar back into the postseason for the first time since 2005.
But C-J faces the challenge of filling in some key players lost following last year’s 6-4 campaign.
“On both sides of the ball, graduation is a big factor and guys are going to need to fill some holes there,” Helms said. “You just trust and believe that these guys have their opportunity will step up and get it done.”
Hess is the marquee player taking the snaps. He will be a three-year starter and was 189-of-310 passing for 2,322 yards, 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions earning all conference, area and district honors last season.
“We feel good having Kurt back at quarterback,” said Helms. “We’ve got a senior quarterback who is battle-tested. He’s been through wars starting as a sophomore and having a great junior year. So, it all starts with that leadership under center.”
C-J will need to find some players upfront on defense as well as offense, in addition to Ward and Heck, to protect Hess in the spread offense.
“A couple of our guys saw some time but and we have some guys that can give you fits but the guys that started most of the time are all gone,” Helms said. “We’re going to have to replace three guys on the defensive line and I’d say that is the biggest concern. We have to have some guys step up.”
Littlejohn and Jamantas earning some playing time upfront last year and Rayford, Curtis and Brown at the skill positions got on the field for C-J.
“Our goal is to be more aggressive on defense, bring more pressure and create turnovers,” head coach Andy Helms said.
C-J will take on Troy, Thurgood Marshall and Columbus Brookhaven before facing a tough schedule against the Greater Catholic League with powers Dayton Carroll and Kettering Alter.
“We figure if you win seven games in our league, you can make a run in the playoffs,” Helms said. “With our schedule, you have to be motivated to play every week.”
8-22 at Troy
8-28 at Dayton Thurgood Marshall
9-5 Columbus Brookhaven
9-13 Purcell Marian
9-19 at Franklin Bishop Fenwick
9-26 Cincinnati McNicholas
10-10 Dayton Carroll
10-18 at Hamilton Badin
10-24 at Kettering Alter