This year with a core group of seniors on offense – Jack Chenault, Parker Chenault and Michael Wilcox – the Hawks will attempt to right that ship. In fact, the team is “looking to be drastically improved from last year.”
Jack Chenault, a 6-0, 175-pound wide receiver is a talent player. Parker Chenault, a 6-0, 200-pound fullback, who has plans to walk-on at Virginia, will more than likely carry a major share of the running load for the Hawks while Wilcox, a 6-3, 210 tight end, is versatile as both a pass catcher and blocker.
Junior Tyler Elrod will take over the quarterback duties from Clayton Cheatham, who has moved on to play at James Madison. Elrod, is a 5-9, 175-pounder who will provide leadership and attempt to make big plays. Coper McLanahan will also see some work at the quarterback position. Joining Parker Chenault in the backfield will be sophomore Tyler McCormick and freshman Eric Rankin.
The bottom-line is when the Hawks have been good, it has always started with the offensive line and tackle Henry Waite, a 6-2, 240-pound tackle will head up a group of new players. They include center Jack Stockbridge, guards Jackson Mayes and Adam Kelly and tackle Stephen Castle If they do the job that the offensive linemen have done in the past, everything will be fine for the school located on Chamberlayne Road in Mechanicsville.
Coach Derek Stoudt said he has seen some bright spots thus far and said this group is young, but is big, strong and athletic.
“We have improved in every aspect of our offense,” Stoudt said. “We have some skill players on the edge that are capable of making some plays. We have a big but young offensive line with two running back we are excited about. Right now. we have a great competition going on at the quarterback spot.
“However, Our youth up front and the depth behind our starters is a major concern. But we can be explosive and grind it out in the run game. We are looking for a very productive season.”
The defense, on the other hand, returns five starters including Parker Chenault and Michael Wilcox at linebacker, Victor Weatherglass at defensive end, Justyn Haynesworth at defensive tackle and Eric McLemore at cornerback.
“Our front is a strength of our defense. We have been getting great play and leadership out of our linebackers,” Stoudt added. “Our secondary has been a concern of our defense. We have talent but are filled with youth.
“We are going to be aggressive and run to the ball. We should be very stingy against the run.”
Name: Derek Stoudt
Last year’s record: 3-8
Years in coaching: 10
Years at school: 5 as head coach
College: University of Richmond
Quarterback: Tyler Elrod, 5-9, 175-pound junior.
Running Backs: Senior Parker Chenault, 6-0, 200-pound fullback. Eric Rankin 6-3, 200-pounder and Tyler McCormick 5-7, 145-pound sophomore.
Wide Receivers: Senior Jack Chenault (6-0, 175) will head up the talented wideouts while sophomores Jayden Johnson, a 5-10, 150-pounder, and Eddie Robinson, a 5-9, 155-pounder, joins him.
Offensive Line: Tight end Michael Wilcox (6-3, 210-pound senior), tackles Henry Waite (6-2, 240) and Stephen Castle (6-5, 220), guards Adam Kelly (6-0, 250) and Jackson Mayes (6-2, 250) and center Jake Stockbridge (6-2, 230). Young but very strong and athletic group.
Defensive Line: Juniors Justyn Haynesworth, Victor Weatherless, Trevor Gray and sophomore Connor Banton.
Linebackers: Parker Chenault, a 6-0, 200-pound senior will play in the middle and Michael Wilcox and Carson Allen will play on the outside.
Defensive Backs: The defensive backfield will get its guidance from senior Eric McLemore, a 5-8, 185-pound at cornerback. He will be joined by junior safeties Cody Wickham and Isiah Williams and sophomore cornerback Tim Fife.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Michael Wilcox LB/TE
Parker Chenault LB/FB
Eric McLemore WR/DB
Jack Chenault LB/WR