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Dorman football stacked with talent for 2018

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Roebuck—The Dorman football team reached the Class 5A state championship game before coming up just short of the title.  Head coach Dave Gutshall should have the Cavaliers in position to make another run in 2018 with most of the starting lineup returning.

“We made a couple adjustments to our offense – we want to try to throw the ball a little more because of how strong we are at wide receiver.  That was a big feature for us,” said Gutshall.  “We just got back from the University of Georgia 7-on-7 and we only lost to one team – North Gwinnett, who was the 6A state champion in Georgia last year.  We had a good outing.”

Dorman will look to either Matthew Powell or Hayden Lee to take over at quarterback, but there will be plenty of weapons on offense to take the pressure off them. 

Running back Thomas Morgan returns after gaining over 1,400 yards a year ago while top prospect Jacoby Pinckney (1,075 receiving yards, 6 TD) and Zack Hillstock (358 yards, 5 TD) return on the perimeter.  Kamal Desor transferred in after leading Boiling Springs in receiving yards last fall, and Chase Tinsley will be back after missing time with an injury.

Mason Trotter anchors the offensive line along with Gabe Thompson and John Gelotte, who will move to tackle after playing tight end in 2017.

Only six starters are back on the defensive side of the ball, where Gutshall admits there needs to be improvement.  Jashawn Anderson (35 tackles) and Ja’kius Buckson (25 tackles, 6 TFL) return up front while Ryshaun Holmes (89 tackles, 9 TFL) is the only linebacker with experience.

The secondary features veteran cornerbacks P.J. Price (88 tackles, 7 PBU) and A.I. Wilks (56 tackles, 8 PBU) along with safety Noah Alberry (74 tackles).

“We weren’t real happy with what we saw in the spring, so we’ve made some adjustments since then.  Until we get into scrimmages and fall camp, we’re not going to see how those adjustments turn out.  In the end, I think we’ll be okay.  I’m not in a panic right now.  We had some injuries in the spring but we should be fine,” said Gutshall.

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