26 August 2014
Flucos looking to improveThe Flying Fluco football team will open its regular season play on August 29 when the team travels to William Fleming High School. The Flucos’ home opener, at Phil Browning field, will be on Friday, Sept. 5. The team will host Spotsylvania with a start time of 7:30 p.m. At home, the Flucos play on an outstanding artificial turf field in a bright and shiny new stadium. Anyone who is into the tradition of Friday night football should come and check out the team.
Coach Jason Barnett’s team this season will rely on some talented up and coming underclassmen and some seasoned veterans. Barnett advises that junior Gavin Patrick will be the team’s starting quarterback this year. Patrick is a good-sized athlete with a strong arm. The featured running back is expected to be sophomore Mark Grooms. The major wide receiver target for Patrick’s passes will be senior Macen Dahl. Chris Kidd and Jake Mooney are also expected to be in the mix in the offensive skills positions.
On the line Barnett is looking for senior Brendan Goode to be a standout performer. Barnett is also looking forward to top-quality performances from Peter Lacey and Sean Lynch, two players who will be changing positions this season.
The coach notes that he has a lot of senior leaders this season and that he feels this will be a strength of the team. He mentioned Brandon Goode, Peter Lacey, Macen Dahl, Alex Turley, Luke Norcross and Zach Kent in this category.
Special teams, and in particular the kicking game, may be strong for the Flucos this year. Junior Marcus Ditta returns as the kickoff specialist and the place kicker. Barnett notes that Ditta has been making 45 yarders in practice. The punting duties will be handled by Ditta or Mooney.
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