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Bishop England High School
Daniel Island

Line play should carry Bishop England early

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Daniel Island—The Bishop England football team got off to a hot start last season but cooled down the stretch, finishing 8-3 overall. This year head coach John Cantey is hoping the Bishops can save their best football for last. After scrimmages against Battery Creek, Ashley Ridge and Goose Creek, he has been pleased with the progress.

 “I feel good. We had to replace a lot of guys on defense, so that was a big issue, but offensively we’ve got a lot of juniors and seniors that have started for three years. We’re still tweaking stuff, but we’re doing well. We didn’t have spring practice so we started a little behind,” Cantey said.

The Bishops should be strong in the trenches. The offensive line has four starters returning in Jorden Baltimore, Mac Hunter, Daniel Russler and Justin Counasse. James Busche is the only newcomer to the group.

“They’ve looked great. They’re jelling real well and they’ve been playing together for so long that they know what each other is going to do. In high school ball, if you don’t make mistakes, you’ll have a good chance to win,” Cantey said.

Quarterback Leo Albano has been a starter since his freshman year and may be the top athlete in the entire school. He will have his load lessened this fall with fullback Carter Kilgore and running backs Christian Greavu and Jacob Shiver sharing most of the carries.

“We’re going to try not to run him as much because we need him to stay healthy. We’ll let him throw the ball a little bit more so he’s not taking as much of a pounding throughout the season,” Cantey said.

Albano’s targets include receivers Will Bastian and TJ Snyder and tight end Daniel Hollister.

The defensive line will set the tone for Bishop England on that side of the ball. Jaylen Stoney and Baltimore are each 290-pounders there while Hollister (6’3, 225) has good size as well.

“I think our front is going to be solid. They’re going to clog things up and let the other guys flow around them. They’ll do a great job making plays and allow other guys to make plays,” Cantey said.

At the second level, Karson Mingo returns at inside linebacker and Hunter and Russler will split time at the other spot. The outside linebackers are John Mikell and CJ Hand. Shiver, Greavu and Sullivan Clair are veterans in the secondary. Bastian will start in the defensive backfield as well.

The Bishops open with contests against Christ Church and West Ashley and hope to use those games as a springboard to another successful campaign in 2017.

“It’s important to get started with some success. Those guys are going to be quality teams that are going to make us better. Last year we had to come from behind against Christ Church and West Ashley and that really helped our confidence,” Cantey said.

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