Last year’s Cosby team made it into the playoffs, due to a strong defense and a powerful running game. With many of the key players having graduated, the Titans are left with some question marks.
Most importantly, one question mark that was resolved was coach Pete Mutascio’s health. He was medically cleared after battling cancer and will return to the sideline August 25, coaching against Thomas Dale.
“We’re very young,” said Mutascio. “We are inexperienced in a lot of places; however, we have kids who are very athletic and can run. We are going to be playing mostly junior and sophomores and a couple freshman playing, who are pretty good, so they are going to have to mature and grow up quick.”
The athleticism of this Titans team may be the key to success this season. As this young group continues to gain experience, their athleticism could cover many of their weaknesses.
Every team wants to be in the playoffs, and this team is no different. Despite losses like Joe Hunt, the team still feels they can get into the playoffs and make a deep push. With Cosby’s first three games being against Thomas Dale, Matoaca, and Manchester, it will have to find a way to come together early, so its season doesn’t end before it starts.
“We have to get through the first three games in a manageable situation,” said Mutascio,”And if we can do that I think we have a good opportunity for the playoffs.
Name: Pete Mutascio
Record Last Year: 5-6
Years Coaching: 24
Years with School: 11
College: University of Richmond
Quarterback: With the departure of quarterback Grant Squyars, junior Jacob Stamm (6-2, 180) will be the man under center for the Titans. Haskins has played quarterback for the Cosby JV team and already has a decent amount of experience.
Running Backs: Cosby’s standout running back Joe Hunt will play for James Madison this season, leaving the Titans with a huge whole to fill. Junior running back Cam Bryant (5-6, 160) will take over as the starting running back, and will look to replicate the production that Hunt had for this team. Junior Jason Lewis (5-11, 170) and sophomore Ed Hunt (6-0, 190) will likely back up Bryant and provide a change of pace.
Wide Receivers: With Hunter Edmonds and Brandon Miltenberger out, Ethan West (6-4, 215) looks to be the number one receiver option. West has already attracted plenty of collegiate interest and has an UVA offer on the table. Cambell Dunn (5-11, 175) and Jaylin Seldon (6-1, 175) also have nice size and reach and could be an impact players at the position this year.
Offensive Line: Cosby returns two of their starting offensive lineman this year in Tayeon Coleman (6-0, 235) and Dan Masta (6-2, 256). Carter Smith (5-10, 205) will likely be the starting center and will play a huge role in opening up holes for the run game. Senior Ethan Herron (6-0, 235) will likely also start at the guard position, filling out the Titian offensive line.
Defensive Line: Along with playing offensive line, Dan Masta will likely also see time on the other side of the trenches as a DL. Junior Tj Howard (6-0, 255) has the size and athleticism to be a solid starting DT for the Titans, as he will used primarily to plug rushing lanes, but will also have opportunities to go after the quarterback.
Linebackers: Two way players Tayeon Coleman and Carter Smith look to be the leaders of the linebacker unit, and both have the potential to potentially be All-Conference players. Coach Mutascio also picked out Jackson Bartholomew and , saying he’s had a good camp so far, and could be an impact player this season. Seniors Braedon Canaday (6-1, 205) and Kyle Baine (5-10, 160) will proved depth, but should see plenty of playing times the Titans defense relies heavily on the play of their linebackers.
Defensive Backs: With most of the Titan secondary graduating last year, there will be plenty of new faces in the defensive backfield. Senior Jason Lewis (5-9, 170) will likely be the number one corner this year, while either senior Cambell Dunn (5-11, 175) or junior Kam Bryant could potentially be the other starting corner. Jacques Boyd (5-11, 165) will replace Brandon Miltenberger as the starting safety, and will looking to prove his tackling and coverage skills.
Player to Watch:
Running Back Kam Bryant will have big shoes to fill, as James Madison commit Joe Hunt accounted for most of Cosby’s offense in the past. The Titans will continue to rely on their run game, to the production of Bryant will be critical to the team success. On the other side of the ball, Bryant must be just as good. The Titans have a much younger defense this year, so Bryant will have to play solid coverage, as well as be a good tackler if Cosby expects to return to the playoffs.