Football Dragons To Open Season Friday, August 17 With Cumberland County Jets

The York Football Dragons will open the 2018 season on Friday, August 17 when they travel to Crossville to take on the Cumberland County Jets.

Although the Dragons are are returning a group of talented and experienced players, there are still some questions about how they will perform in their first game experience.

In an interview with Head Coach Derwin Wright on Monday, he said:   “The fact that they did not play in a Jamboree this year and actually get some experience under the lights still leaves some questions, so we’re  going to be working today in full pads, primarily on our kicking game.  As you know, the kicking game can change a game quicker than about anything else.

“Like Cumberland County, we’ve each had two scrimmages.  There are still a lot of question marks as we didn’t get that pre-season game-type experience.  It is what it is, however, so we just have to make sure that we’re ready when we go over there Friday.”

When asked if he had filled the roster yet, Coach Wright said:  “While we’re not 100% set on all positions, we have a pretty good idea who our starters will be.  We have some guys who are battling for positions, but as of right now, on our offense we’re two deep in most positions.

“Our probable starters on offense will be Daderick Phillips at tight end, Landon Martin at tackle, Braden Wheeler at right guard, Zach Strong at center, Aaron Tallent at left guard, Thomas Cooper at left tackle, Cole Cooper at fullback, Landrick Leffew at quarterback, Thomas Miller at right wingback, Lathan Drake at left wingback, and Isaiah Strong at receiver.

“On defense, Braden Wheeler and Daderick Phillips will be at the defensive ends, Brice Slaven at nose guard, Ben Cooper at middle linebacker, Landrick Leffew at right linebacker, Cole Cooper at left linebacker, and Johann West, Jaylen Byrd, Colby Allen and Cade Brannon alternating at outside linebackers.  Dalton Morgan and Thomas Miller will be at cornerbacks, and Lathan Drake will be at the free safety position.”

Senior Josiah Heddings, who was the Dragons’ defensive leader last season, is recovering from an injury and it was uncertain  at press time whether or not he will play in the Cumberland County game.

When asked about what he was expecting from the Jets, Coach Wright said:  “We know they are big up front, and they have changed both their offense and defense, so we know with their size, they’ll be coming right at us, so we know we’re just going to have to be ready up front.” he concluded.