September 7th, 2020

DeSales Football Preview

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Ed Peak

Staff Writer


DeSales Football Preview
photo by Ed Peak

This is the third in a series about Louisville Catholic High School football

 

DeSales senior running back James Johnson likes to set goals. The 6-foot-5 third year starter is one of several outstanding returning players that give the Colts a chance to compete for the Class 3-A state title.

 

A heart breaking double overtime loss in the state semifinals to eventual champion Belfry, last season derailed the Colts. 

 

The Colts return four starters on offense and defense.

 

Belfry was selected to repeat as the champion with DeSales the second choice in a poll conducted by The Lexington Herald Leader of state coaches.

 

"We know what the true goal is," said Johnson. "We obviously want a ring."

 

Last year DeSales (10-4) got close as Johnson was the catalysis running for 1,494 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also caught 13 passes for 290 yards passes and three touchdowns.

 

"This year is going to bring about a lot of good stuff," said Johnson. "We've been working hard since June trying to perfect our craft and trying to get that bigger goal that's state."

Johnson says he'd like to carry the ball for over 2,000 yards and 28 or more touchdowns with 500 receiving yards. Ambitious, yes. 

 

"He had a really good year last year," said Davis. "James has worked hard in the off season. He's looking forward to bigger and better things." Davis said. Johnson will play on defense as well at outside linebacker.

 

Another key performer should be senior quarterback/safety Jayden Scroggins whose father Ty is the offensive coordinator and a former head coach at Central. 

 

"He's a big piece of our puzzle," said Davis. "He's a quiet kid that leads by example. I've noticed he's been doing it 100 percent every rep (play) to get better. Jayden's a great kid. A very, very hard worker."

 

Last season Scroggins threw for 660 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ran for five scores.

 

"During quarantine I really worked on my throwing...throwing on the run trying to get my foot work better," said Scroggins. 

 

Davis is counting on a big year from senior David Griffith as a running back and linebacker. "David has been very, very impressive. He's matured as well. You can tell."

 

Senior Michael Powell a lineman is a returning starter. "He's stepped it up. He's more vocal with our lineman which we need. He's trying to get guys we're relying on to get better."

Linebacker, seniors, Chase O'Neal, Derek Hollenkamp, Zane Wilkerson and corner Lance Weiter all played last season and will have an impact. "We have some athletes. Some lineman. We just need to develop them. We're just a little thin on depth."

 

The place kicker will likely be sophomore Logan Givens whose brother, Blake, was the starter last season. Davis says punter and kickoff positions are still up for grabs.

 

"I think we have some soft spots we need to work on," said Scroggins. "I've been here for four years now. We want to get to state and win it."

 

Davis says his team needs to focus week to week to get the ultimate goal.

 

"If we want to go where we want. We need to focus on what is in front of us," said Davis. "Everybody needs to be ready."

 

If the Colts stay focused they might take the next step to the ultimate goal. A championship

 

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