Clover Hill went 1-9 last season, under first year coach John Fout.
With the return of players like Davod Wilkins and Chauncey Saunders, the Cavaliers have a few players with talent and experience.
Fouts says the team was young last season and took some hits.
“We had a lot of young kids on Varsity last year and they took a lot of lumps,” he said. “We had more sophomores than seniors on the roster last year, ultimately they’ve gotten better and a few of them have came back as Juniors and look to progress.”
Fouts says they look to rely on the young guys this year as some players from their 8-2 JV team last season will be joining Fouts and the Cavaliers.
This year’s team will be led by senior running back Wilkins, who is known from his aggressive style of running. The 6-0, 206-pound senior looks to continue his run style as he is just two years off from his 1,257 yards and 15 touchdowns sophomore season.
The Cavaliers will kick off their season with a home opener against Mills Godwin on Aug. 25.
Name: John Fouts
Last Year’s record: 1-9
Years in Coaching: 12
Years at school: 12 (2nd as head coach)
College: William & Mary
Quarterback: Senior Miles Evans will be taking the job over this season. The 5’10 188 pound Senior will look to take over as Coach Fouts says they are very high on his ability to make plays with his feet and arm. Evans has a very strong arm along with a lot of football IQ as he will use both to be the difference maker of this offense.
Davod Wilkins

Running Back: Senior Davod Wilkins will be back again this year and will be apart of the many other running backs Coach Fouts has up his sleeve. Alongside Wilkins, it will be Senior Jared Slater who will look to log some carries as well. Derek Apple is another name as he will spend some time as a fullback for the Cavaliers. Two Junior receivers in Chris Houston and Barry Jordan will also be in the mix for carries as the Cavaliers provide tons of running support this year.

Wide Receivers: Chris Houston and Barry Jordan will lead out as the starting two receivers as both are very reliable receivers who can catch the football and make plays. Jordan is one of the returners from last year who will look to use his speed and hands to beat his defender. Houston’s ability to create space will help him to beat his opponent down the field. With these two at receiver and Evans at quarterback, it will give them plenty of opportunity to make plays this season.
Offensive Line: This unit will be anchored by their Center Senior Burnett Mylott. The 6-2, 260-pound lineman has been apart of this team since his Sophomore year as his frame and experience will be key. Another player on their line will be Junior Chauncy Saunders, who is another returner. The 6-1, 245-pound two-way player will look to continue to improve as he will have a height advantage on most of his defenders. Senior Markez Chestnut will also add depth to this experienced and huge offensive line.
Defensive Line: For this unit, it will be very deep as Julian Ruiz will lead off as one the edge rushers. The 6’0 220 Junior will use his ability of speed to get to the quarterback. On the other side of Ruiz, it will be Senior Jaden Edwards. Edwards is a 6’2 edge rusher who can shed blocks quickly and easily. Markez Chestnut will also play defensive line as to him playing some offensive line. Chestnut is a 5’9 233 pound defensive tackle who can shut plays down. Tyla Bournes be the other interior lineman on this quick defensive line. Coach Fouts says this unit has been playing very well in the offseason.

Linebackers: The Cavaliers will have two inside linebackers as they will be

Chauncey Saunders

taken by Senior Derek Apple and Junior Chauncey Saunders who both spent some time here last year. Saunders is a two way player who can make plays on the ball and getting stops on key plays. Apple is a 5-11, 200-pound linebacker who can rush the quarterback while also making big hits. On the outside, it will be Davod Wilkins, another offensive player who will be playing defense as he will spend some time as outside linebacker and safety.

Secondary: Fout calls this the youngest place of his team. Although it has young players, it also has some players with corner experience, On the outside, it will be Seniors Cameron Geanas and Jalil Morris who will man the secondary. Morris is 6-2 who has the range and arm length to hold his receivers down and with him having quarterback experience it will make it easier for him to read the quarterbacks eyes. Geanas is 5-11 with his range and length he has the ability to lock on his man and make a play on the ball. Alongside Morris and Geanas it will be Jaylen Reid-Robertson, a Sophomore who Fouts tells us has been running with the first team a lot lately. Barry Jordan will go both ways as he played some corner last season and DJ Goode will also be getting some time at corner for the Cavaliers.
Special Teams: The Cavaliers will have senior West Brownlee on both kicking and punting duties as Brownlee is a soccer kid. Fout said Brownlee has been solid for the most part of the offseason