From 2004-2013, Monacan had just two winning seasons.
After a surprise run to the 4A State semifinals in 2014, a year the Chiefs finished 11-3, they’ve followed it with back-to-back nine win seasons under coach Jim Henderson.
Last year’s run ended in the second round of the 4A East playoffs to Dinwiddie 58-18, but the season’s triumphs were made with a young roster.
“Honestly, I think we over-achieved,” Henderson said.
Monacan did lose a few playmakers, many of the starters on the team last year are back and looking to make an even bigger playoff push this season before they graduate.
Monacan will open the season on Friday (Aug. 25) at Hanover.
Quarterback:Syour Fludd (6-1, 181-pounder) is back for his fourth and final year on the Chiefs. Last season, he racked up 3,077 total yards and 32 touchdowns, while being named to First Team All Conference, First Team All Region, and Second Team All State. He has four college offers, including in-state Division II schools in UVA-Wise, Virginia State, and Division I Albany. The electric dual threat QB will be looking to keep doing what he’s been doing, which is winning games. Since his arrival at Monacan, they have had an impressive 29-8 record under him. Henderson explained, “He was a program changer. He has definitely put us on his back, and we’re looking for big things out of him.”
Running back: Accompanying Fludd in the backfield will be Korey Bridy. The 5-11, 185-pound back exploded last season, rushing for 1,364 yards and 31 touchdowns, breaking the school records. Henderson expects Bridy to have another great season and lead Chief’s run attack.
Wide receivers: After losing two key senior receivers, returning starters Izayah Reeves and Tanner Addams will be looking to lead this year’s group. Taylor Green is expected to be the dependable, inside receiver, and Arturo Mendoza is expected to substitute when needed. Henderson is expecting both consistency and big plays out of these four.
Offensive line: Colin Campbell (6-3, 225) and Tristan Mann (6-5, 220) will be leading the unit. Campbell has been a four year starter at left tackle, while Mann will be returning this year after an injury last season, and will play right tackle. Andrew Freeman and A.J. Cajigas have the other two spots locked up, but the final spot is up for grabs between B.J. Worsham and Colton Herr.
Defensive line: Marteise Phipps is expected to anchor the D-line. The two-time All Conference player has several Division 1 offers, including William and Mary and Richmond. Last season, he proved to be a valuable playmaker, recording 45 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. Freeman, Mann, Cajigas, and Campbell will all be playing two ways and rotate in and out when needed.
Linebackers: Henderson said he was very excited about the linebacker corps, with juniors Tanner Addams and Stone Snyder playing the inside linebackers. On the outside, Jack Murphy, Juan Branch, and James Pullings are all expected to contribute to this talented group.
Defensive backs: Mendoza and Reeves will be on both sides of the ball, and start at safety. Henderson expects them to be physical and go for the ball, as he saod they did last season. At corner, Ocasio Ruffin, Hayden Moore, and Daniel Peterson will be battling it out for the starting positions. Henderson will be looking for them to step up and earn a spot.
Special teams: SeniorLuke Walls will be carrying the special teams load for the Chiefs. Last season, he kicked 34 touchbacks, and earned two offers for it.