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Bishop England High School
Daniel Island

Bishop England football replacing 21 seniors

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Daniel Island—To say the Bishop England football team is rebuilding in 2018 would be an understatement.  The Bishops graduated 21 seniors on their 40-man roster from a season ago, with almost all of them starters.

Head coach John Cantey had plenty of young talent on display this spring, however, with over 40 players participating in the offseason practice period.

“I feel like we got a lot accomplished.  The coaching staff was able to get to know these kids, learn their abilities, and figure out where they fit into our system.  They’re very athletic, but going into the summer we’ll continue to get a better idea of what we have.  Overall, the spring was pretty productive,” Cantey said.

Offensively, center James Busche is the only starter back.  He will snap to either Will Daniel or Eddie Marinaro, who are both competing for the quarterback position.  Marinaro may move to the perimeter if he doesn’t win the job.

Sullivan Clair will get snaps at running back and slot receiver while Michael Long is another ball carrier.  Chris Dengler, an Old Dominion baseball commit, is another wideout.  Other potential starters include H-back Charlie Michel and offensive lineman Chase Collins.

“We’ve got a lot of guys on offense that can make plays if we get them the ball.  We’ve got some young guys who are talented,” Cantey said. 

On the defensive side, Clair and Sawyer Thompson are the only returners at cornerback.  Newcomers to the unit include lineman Nic Maccarci and linebackers Preston Tawes, Carter Rogers, Steven Sumner and Sammy Gress.  Michel and Jarran McCoy are the safeties.

Defensively, we’re going to have to jell pretty quickly.  Our first game is First Baptist, so we’re going to see (Michael) Dukes.  That will be tough, but I think this group has a lot of potential for growth,” Cantey said.

Leadership will be a key area for the Bishops.  With all those previous seniors gone, it’s time for the next crop to step up and take their place.  So far, Tawes, Rogers and Michel have filled that void.

“We’ve got guys who want to do well and want to see everybody succeed,” Cantey said.

Bishop England will head to Cane Bay for their passing league over the summer.  They are also scheduled to compete at Stratford.

“We’re going to have some growing pains, but we’ll develop some chemistry.  Luckily, we get a lot of time with them this summer and hopefully we’ll be ready by August,” Cantey said.

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