Last season, the Justices began their season on a high note by winning two out of their first three game. After defeating Armstrong and Colonial Heights, the Justices would lose the rest of their games with the closest game being against Thomas Jefferson and would finish the season 2-8. This year they come into the season with a new coach in former quarterback Philip Sims. Sims is very familiar with the area as Sims is a former 5 star recruit (Alabama, UVA) and state champion (Oscar Smith).
With Sims at the helm of things, he gets a shot to change the John Marshall football program around.
“I’m looking to bring energy, discipline, and consistency in order to actually change things around.” Sims says. “It’s a process, but the first thing was to implement that discipline and the consistency alongside the accountability.”
Sims has a lot in hands as he also has experience being a former NFL player (Arizona Cardinals) who can teach his players how to take their talents to the very next level.
John Marshall opened up their season with a 62-14 romp over George Wythe and will face off with Petersburg in week two.
Quarterback: Returning at quarterback will be sophomore Damien Harris

Damian Harris

(5’8 165). Harris started eight games last year and looks to bring his experience from last season to this season. Coach Sims says Harris has made “tremendous strides” in the off-season as well with picking up their new offense. With Harris here, the Justices are secured with a quarterback with a ton of potential with a coach who knows how take his game to the next level.

Running Back: The Justices will be strong here as they have a group of guys who can tote the rock. Fraquel Williams is another returner to this offense from last season. The 5’9 170 pound back posses a lot of speed who can run the ball. Williams also runs track and Sims says his speed and quickness can help them down the long run. Another running back is Jamel Stewart (6’1 200). Sims calls the true freshmen “a very special player” who can help them out for the next four years.
Wide Receivers: This unit contains guys who have the combination of youth and experience according to Sims. This unit will be led by sophomore Armadi Johnson (5’10 185), senior Jordan Woods (5’10 190 ), sophomore Mikel Merrite (5’7 165), who Sims said has amazing quickness.Also helping this unit out will be a transfer from Manchester in Kei’Trel Clark, who was an All-Region last season as a free safety. Sims says Clark is a very special player.
Offensive Line: Senior Kavon Harris (5’10 300) will be here a lot on the line. Harris is a big guy with a lot of experience, who coach expects to be a leader on this team. Sophomore Jordan Miles (6’1 280) will be another guy with size who can hold his own. Sophomore E.J. Scott (6’2 278) will be playing center. Junior Daquan Cain (5’11 250) will be on the guard position. Junior Donovan Ransome (6’0 210) will also be helping this line. This unit posses a lot of size and youth which can be helpful for the next 2-3 years.
Defensive Line: Kavon Harris and Daquan Cain will be two way players as they be playing the interior defensive line. On the right end, Elisha Garrett (6’2 210) will be chasing the quarterback and Garrett can also play some receiver as well. Senior Travis Ashford (6’2 220) will be the other edge rusher. With Ashford and Garrett, it gives the Justices size on the line.

Linebackers: This unit is led by Senior Edward Boisseau (6’0 220) with his size, Boisseau gives the team good size. Sims praised his defensive leader for his experience and playing hard in each game he plays in. Sophomore Jason Richardson (6’1 200) another returner from last year’s defense. Sims calls Richardson a very special player who is versatile in their scheme.

Secondary: Sophomore Kei’Trel Clark will be boost to this team secondary as his versatility and experience will benefit the team. Receivers Mikel Merrite, Jordan Woods, and Armadi Johnson will double up on their playing time by playing some corner back. While Fraquel Williams will use his speed to help round up the secondary.