District 7-6A Football Preview - Richland
Sep 18, 2014 11:31AM ● Published by Mike
The Richland Rebels might be the sleeping giant in this mega-district. Yes, Richland finished with a less-than-impressive 4-6 record last season and yes, its tradition is not even close to being comparable with most teams in 7-6A. But consider this — experience often goes a long way in tight football games. And who has the most experienced team in the district? Richland. The Rebels bring back a whopping nine starters on each side of the ball. And with head coach Ged Kates now heading into his third year with the program, there is a sense of familiarity and stability. Richland also has an edge in its secondary, where honorable mention all-state safety Hayden Davison (93 tackles, eight sacks, one interception) is sure to bring the wood. Fellow defensive back Kenny Frances and linebacker John Okello are other names to be wary of in Richland’s 3-4 system. The Rebels’ biggest challenge will be grooming new quarterback Eddie Thomas. But he does have some weapons to work with — wide receiver Adrien Toka was a first team all-district pick a year ago and running back CJ Hicks can break loose for a long run at any moment.