High School Football Preview: Franklin County

Despite losing leading rushers, Flyers may be even better this season

By Brian Rickerd, Published:

By BRIAN RICKERD

Sports@state-journal.com

The Franklin County Flyers lost leading rushers Chris Roberts and Lorenzo McCaskell to graduation, and Ryan Timmons is, of course, two years removed now.

Just to name a few of the standouts who have played football at FCHS in recent years.

But if you think FCHS coach Chris Tracy feels any pressure, minus stars like that from a team that has lost only one regular season game the past three years, think again.

“I don’t feel pressure,” said Tracy, who’s brought the Franklin County program to, arguably, unprecedented heights in four years at his alma mater. “Pressure is trying to provide for your family. Losing a job ... that’s pressure.

“This,” he added, “is fun.”

It helps that Tracy can say with conviction that there’s plenty of talent remaining from last year’s 11-2 team, with another batch of youngsters ready to make a mark.

“Honestly, we may even be a little faster, overall,” Tracy said. “And I think one of our strengths is going to be our line up front. I think we’re going to be a little more physical this year. Our running style ... we are running a true zone look, but it’s more of a physical type of look. Hopefully, you’ll see more of a push.”

Tracy said Landon Hurst, Denzel Vance, Jhanny Rodriguez and Sam Anderson are among the breakaway threats at running back that will help ease the loss of McCaskell.

“I think Sammy (Anderson) will surprise a lot of people at running back,” Tracy said. “He came out in the spring and did some things that are pretty special. I think Denzel is the same way. He’ll show flashes where you think he’s stopped, and he spins out and goes. He’s fast. Not real big, but we can live with that.”

Junior quarterback Barrett Sanderson comes off a solid sophomore season. Sanderson is only 5-foot-9, but he has 4.5 speed and showed good leadership in his first season as a starter a year ago.

“I expect the same, if not more, this year,” Tracy said of Sanderson. “Barrett has done a great job getting himself in position to lead this football team.”

Dalton Landrum will back up Sanderson and also play defensively.

The Flyers don’t have great size on the line, though 6-4, 290-pound Keenan Holleran is clearly a load. But Tracy said he’s happy with depth on his line on both sides of the ball.

“We have eight or nine starters back on defense,” Tracy noted. “Up front, I think we’re going to be solid. We’ll probably rotate nine guys through there at the defensive line positions. At linebacker, I’m not sure how deep we’re going to be, but we have kids with experience: Logan Duke, Jarod Marshall and Sam Anderson.”

Tracy said Jacob Graves and James Goins are two other upper classmen who should see a lot of playing time.

Demarcus Kennedy and Jesse Morrow are among those on the outside of the Flyers’ defense, joined by some of the guys who also play at the running back and wide receiver spots.

Tracy said the hardest guy to replace may be placer kicker/punter Zach Durham, who graduated. Glen Bailey is handling punting duties, while he and soccer player Seiver Tandy handle the place kicking.

“I think we took Zach for granted,” Tracy said. “He may be the hardest one to replace.”

Tracy said this FCHS bunch has outstanding leadership from its seniors.

“I say seniors, but really, it’s the whole team,” Tracy said, correcting himself. “They’re really enjoyable. Fun to be around. It’s not begging and pleading to try to get quality practices out of them. We just have a bunch of good kids.”

Tracy said the Flyers have the potential to repeat as district champs and be a contender in the state playoffs once again.

“I hope my expectations aren’t too high, but I feel that we should be in the same type of position we’ve been in the last three years,” said Tracy, whose Flyers open at North Bullitt on Friday.

Tracy said Anderson County, Frankfort, Beechwood and Western Hills are among the tougher teams his Flyers will play.

“Anderson County lost a lot, but they’re always well coached,” Tracy said. “Frankfort High (will be tough), because they have a lot of good athletes; it’s a big rivalry game. Beechwood is always good. And you have to throw Western Hills in there. We saw them in 7-on-7, and they’re better. Plus, it’s a rivalry game at their place.”

 

FRANKLIN COUNTY ROSTER

2    Makale Marks    WR/DB    11

3    Denzel Vance    RB/DB    10

4    Jessey Morrow    WR/LB    12

5    Landon Hurst    WR/DB    11

6    Jeremiah Green    WR/DB    9

7    Jhanny Rodriguez    WR/DB    11

8    Demarcus Kennedy    WR/LB    11

9    Barrett Sanderson    QB/DB    11

10    Cody Lofton    WR/DB    10

11    Sam Anderson    RB/LB    11

12    Holt Hammons    QB/DB    9

13    Logan Duke    RB/LB    12

14    AJ Clark    WR/DB    10

15    Dariyon Minion    WR/DB    11

16    Dalton Landrum    QB/DB    10

17    Zach Janca    WR/LB    10

18    Glen Bailey    WR/K    10

25    Dixon Ledford    WR/LB    9

28    Cameron Terrell    WR/LB    9

29    Elijah Peale    WR/DB    11

35    Jon-Michael Stallard    OL/DL    10

36     Cesar Matute    OL/DL    

42    Chad Holleran    WR/LB    9

44    Jonathan Medina    K    11

48    Matthew Bishop    WR/DB    11

49    John Santeramo    WR/LB    12

51    Jacob Graves    OL/DL    12

53    Zach Nalley    OL/DL    9

54    Jarod Marshall    OL/LB    12

57    Keenan Holleran    OL/DL    12

59    Brady Roberts    OL/DL    9

60    Matthew Hoover    OL/LB    11

62    Jimmy Lewis    OL/DL    9

63    Isaiah Williams    OL/LB    12

65    Jack Anderson    OL/DL    12

66    Josh Sizemore    OL/DL    9

68    Luis Rebolledo    OL/LB    12

70    Sam King    OL/DL    10

71    Brian Allen    OL/DL    11

72    Isaac Hopkins    OL/DL    9

73    James Goins    OL/DL    12

74    Denwan Hall    OL/DL    12

76    Sid Lavarity    OL/DL    10

77    Nick Thomas    OL/DL    11

78    Zach Spradlin    OL/DL    11

79    Matthew Anderson    OL/LB    12

86    Sheldon Goins    OL/DL    12

88    Seiver Tandy    K    11

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