With its first winning season since 1983 and the program’s initial playoff victory, the 2014 high school football season was the best in decades, maybe ever, for the Wakefield Warriors.
The Warriors were 8-4 overall and finished 1-1 in the postseason.
With many returning players, the Warriors believe they have the potential for continued success this fall. The season opens for Wakefield at home on Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. against the Broad Run Spartans.
“We are going to have to play at a high level right from the start, keep that up every week and hopefully get on a good roll,” Wakefield coach Wayne Hogwood said. “Broad Run is a tough opponent to open with, so we have to be ready.”
The starting quarterback will be new for Wakefield. Junior Tim Stroble and sophomore Colton Poythress are competing for the starting position.
“Both are good and will help us,” Hogwood said.
Leon Young and Chris Robertson return at running back and possibly Kareem Hall, whose eligibility status is in question. Fred Bowles and Lucas Guajardo are other running backs.
Isaiah Archer is the Warriors’ one returning wide receiver. Robertson also will be counted on to catch the ball. Xavier Taylor and Nhyree Peterson are new wide receivers. Tight ends are George Brooks and Lamont McDowell.
Offensive linemen are Miles Kirby, Ryan Jones, Julius Johnson, Ian Harris and Bruno Araujo.
“That line has a lot of experience,” Hogwood said.
Wakefield’s defensive front will be anchored by Brooks, Anthony Tham and Maurice Gaskins. Robertson, Bowles, Kevin Greenwell and Trent Howard are the linebackers. Young, Richard Deemer, Cameron Graves and Mingo Peterson are defensive backs.
NOTES: Wakefield plays Arlington rivals Yorktown and Washington-Lee much earlier this season than in past years. It faces Yorktown in week two and W-L in week three. Those games didn’t occur until the seventh and ninth weeks in 2014 . . . Wakefield has six home games this season. The opener against Broad Run was orignially scheduled on the road, but was moved to Wakefield.
SCHEDULE: Friday, Sept. 4 vs. Broad Run, 7 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 11 at Yorktown, 7; Friday, Sept. 18 vs. Washington-Lee, 7; Friday, Sept. 25 at Falls Church, 7; Friday, Oct. 2 vs. Mount Vernon, 7; Friday, Oct. 9 vs. Edison, 7; Friday, Oct. 16 at Stuart, 7; Friday, Oct. 23 vs. Marshall, 7; Friday, Oct. 30 at Jefferson, 7; Friday, Nov. 6 vs. Lee, 7.