Football | Week 1 Preview
Columbus South at Whetstone
Whetstone is looking to pick up where it left off last season when it opens the season Friday, Aug. 30, at home against Columbus South.
Whetstone won three of its final four games last year to finish 4-6 in its first season under coach Don Poff. South also went 4-6 last season, winning two of its final three contests.
The Braves won the last meeting with South, 27-8 in 2007.
Leading Whetstone's spread offense is quarterback Ramroth Finnegan, a senior and Division I college prospect. Last season, he was 187-for-358 passing for 2,458 yards with 20 touchdowns and rushed for 403 yards and three touchdowns on 92 carries.
Poff liked what he saw from the Braves' defense during the preseason. Among the key players on defense are Justus Barnett and Austin Davy at linebacker and Darius Bester, Trent Harper and Melek White in the secondary.
"These guys can fly and will get their hats to the ball," Poff said. "We've got a number of defensive playmakers."
South, which is seeking its first winning season since 2006, expects to be led on offense by running back Deone Lindsey, who rushed for 1,300 yards a year ago, and first-year starting quarterback Terric O'Neal.
South's 4-3 defense features five returning starters, including linebacker Donjae Neal and Lindsey in the secondary.