During the preseason, senior running back Jack Foley said one of his goals with the Ready football team was to rush for more than 2,000 yards this fall.
Injuries that kept him out of three-plus games derailed those hopes, but Foley, who closed his prep career with more than 4,000 rushing yards, again showed what he was capable of during the Silver Knights' 27-14 win over Grandview on Nov. 1 in their season finale.
Foley rushed for 242 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries and helped give the program momentum as it heads into an offseason in which all but 10 seniors are expected to return.
Ready finished 5-5 and 13th in Division V, Region 19 as the top eight teams made the playoffs. The Knights won their last two games to secure a .500 season after going 4-6 last fall.
Along the way, Ready lost to three playoff teams in West Jefferson (55-24 on Sept. 6), Columbus Academy (35-14 on Oct. 3) and Harvest Prep (21-15 in overtime Oct. 11) as well as to a Division II program that went 6-4 in Whitehall (20-10 on Oct. 18). The Knights lost their only game against a CCL team Sept. 13 to St. Charles (19-7), which also is a Division II program.
"(Grandview) was just a great team win," Foley said. "We came into this game with a mindset that we're not happy our season is over but that we wanted to go out the right way. This team is a lot better than 5-5, but we came out here and put it together and just gave it our all. That's what happens when the Silver Knights execute correctly and give it all they have."
Foley, who finished with 1,017 yards and eight touchdowns, led a senior class that also featured Josh Baum (OL/DL), A.J. Craddock (WR/DB/K), Jacob Robinson (OL/DL), Donovan Sanders (RB/LB) and Thomas Stiltner (OL/DL).
Stiltner finished with 28 tackles and six tackles for loss, and Sanders had 20 tackles.
Craddock made five of six field-goal attempts and was 26-for-28 on extra points. He averaged 33.1 yards per punt and had 11 tackles and nine pass breakups while playing defense.
Robinson sustained a season-ending calf injury against Harvest Prep after being a key player the last two seasons.
Junior Darius Parham stepped in at quarterback in his first season at the prep level. He rushed 124 times for 711 yards and nine touchdowns and completed 53 of 94 passes for 644 yards and five scores.
Freshman Brian Fitzsimmons rushed for 224 yards and one touchdown on 53 carries, and junior JeJuan McGowan had 59 rushes for 223 yards and three scores.
Juniors P.J. Daniels (14 receptions, 193 yards, 1 TD) and Tyrese Hudson (14 receptions, 192 yards, 2 TDs) should return for the receiving corps.
On defense, Ready is eligible to return most of its top players.
Junior Aiden Aiello (DB) led the Knights with 57 tackles, six tackles for loss and four pass breakups. Junior Jacob Metz (LB) had 44.5 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss, junior Cole Matthews (LB) had 39.5 tackles and 13 tackles for loss, junior P.J. Daniels (DB) had 30 tackles and six pass breakups and junior Oumar Dia (DB) had 29 tackles and 11 pass breakups.
Hudson and junior Andy Schulze also were key players in the secondary, finishing with 10 and five pass breakups, respectively.
Others eligible to return include juniors Cael Dent (OL/DL) and Mario Skidmore (DL) and sophomores Conor Moore (WR/DB) and Malachi Washington (RB/DB).
"We'll have some guys that progress in the weight room," said Joel Cutler, who completed his first season back as coach after previously leading the program in 2012 and 2013. "Defensively, Aiden Aiello gets us lined up in the secondary and Andy Schulze and Cole Matthews set the defense up front along with Jacob Metz. (We're) very (optimistic about our) athleticism and work ethic."