New Coach, New Offense, New Attitude: Charlottesville High School Football Preview
The Charlottesville High School football team has a record of 5-25 in the last three seasons.
That includes a winless 2010 (0-10, 0-7 in the Jefferson District).
But with a new head coach, who brings a unique offense to CHS, the Black Knights are working to turn the recent losing into wins.
Black Knight rising senior outside linebacker/wide receiver Daquan Jones said, "It can't get any worse than last year, 0-10, so it's nothing but room for improvement, and I think we should be great this year."
Charlottesville High School rising senior offensive lineman/defensive end Graham Rolph said, "I think it's a big motivating factor. I want to have a good season for my last year. Just finish with a bang."
CHS rising senior running back/linebacker Taquan Wicks said, "Having an 0-10 season, it hurts, and my senior year, I promise it won't happen again. That's my word. We're going to win these games."
Enter new head coach Eric Sherry, who takes over the CHS program after eight years as defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach at Massaponax High School.
Sherry said, "What we have to do here is convince these kids and show them the history that Charlottesville's DNA is a successful one. The football programs here in the past have been very, very successful. They've had fantastic teams under Coach (Garwin) DeBerry, and we're going to get back to that point. It's just a matter of when is that going to happen. I think we've convinced these boys it is going to be sooner rather than later."
CHS rising sophomore fullback/linebacker Sam Runkle said, "He's a good coach. I think he's going to bring us some good wins and some good seasons."
Jones said, "He's great. He definitely changed a lot around already, just with his aspect of the game and his attitude toward the game of football. He has changed a lot so far since he's been here, and it's affecting a bunch of the players too, just by him being here, it's a great thing."
Wicks said, "Coach Sherry's the best, hands down. He's a firm believer of hard work. Hard work wins games, and he's living proof of that. Look at his track record, so I'm excited. I'm very excited."
In his first high school head coaching job, Sherry will run the offense Massaponax has run for decades...the triple option.
Sherry said, "I believe in it wholeheartedly. It's a little bit different for high school folks. I doubt they've seen much like it around here. It's probably going to take some back in the past, but I think for Charlottesville, I think it's going to take us back to the future, because it really is going to get us going."
Along with the new offense, Sherry hopes to instill a new attitude in the Black Knights.
Sherry said, "You have to define that culture, set the culture, and then make sure the culture is part of your everyday routine. And we're going to do that. It takes time."
Jones said, "We're going to win games this year. We're putting in the work to do it, and we have the guys. We definitely have the athletes to do it. We just have to get that mental disciple in, and once we get that in, it should be a good thing."
Runkle said, "We're a promising team. We have a lot of chemistry and trust, but we've just got to put in the work."
Charlottesville returns rising sophomore Chris Thurston, who earned second-team All-Jefferson District as a return specialist and third-team All-JD as a defensive back in 2010.
Second-team All-Jefferson District linebacker Daniel Intolubbe-Chmil graduated, and two-year starting quarterback and rising junior Benj Wilhelm is not playing this season.
The Black Knights open the season at E.C. Glass in Lynchburg Friday night, August 26, at 7:00.
CHS plays six of its ten games on the road in 2011.
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