Gridiron Preview 2020: Banks County
After a less than stellar season in 2019, the Leopards are seeking to return to the playoffs for the first time in the Jay Reid era. Even though last year produced just three wins, Banks County actually had a shot to get into the playoff picture. There are some talented guys on this team. In a five-team region that dwindled down to four after Riverside canceled their season, state playoffs are ensured for Banks County. But that won’t keep them complacent.
Head Coach: Jay Reid, 3rd season
2019 Record: 3-7
“I expect our team to turn the corner in 2020,” says Reid. “We have grown exponentially and I believe we are poised to take advantage. Regardless, we will ‘Enjoy the Journey.'”
AUG 14 – vs Stephens County scrimmage ^not likely to be played due to COVID concerns
SEP 4 – vs Commerce
SEP 11 – @ Franklin County
SEP 18 – vs East Jackson
SEP 25 – @ Lumpkin County
OCT 2 – @ Fannin County
OCT 9 – vs Haralson County
OCT 16 – BYE
OCT 23 – vs Union County*
OCT 30 – @ Rabun County*
NOV 6 – BYE ***[originally vs Riverside Military Academy]
NOV 13 – BYE
NOV 20 – @ Elbert County*
*8-AA region game ^schedule edited to reflect 2-week season delay
Personnel & Schemes
Key Departures: Erwin Durmic, Braxton Simpson, Chandler Payne, Sawyer Pace
Key Returning Players: Jace Bennett, Roman Haynes, Cade Herrin, Carter Stroud, Josh Stapleton, Bowen Roberts
The Leopards take a blow with losing Erwin Durmic, Braxton Simpson, Sawyer Pace, and Chandler Payne, but have a quartet of players that began to really make a name for themselves last year. Jace Bennett, Roman Haynes, Carter Stroud, and Cade Herrin should give Banks County something to build around.
Up & Coming Players: Cade Herrin
Offense: This is a multiple attack. Bowen Roberts will take over under center, Roman Haynes and Jonathan Moon will be featured in the run game, and Carter Stroud will be the go-to target in the air attack. The line up front has a good amount of depth.
Defense: The defensive setup (3-4) is a bit more sturdy with Jace Bennett, Cade Herrin, and Josh Stapleton anchoring that side of the ball. The D-Line has good depth, and there is a healthy competition with some younger guys to help develop that depth.
Strengths & Areas of Focus
Strengths: For starters, it’s defense, at under 24 points per game allowed on average last season. It’s also the intangibles.
“I feel that our biggest strength going into year three is that we’ve developed a common language with regards to the game of football which has allowed us to become more multiple both offensively and defensively,” adds Reid. “This team has also shown a great deal of chemistry throughout the off-season which could become a tremendous strength.”
Focusing On: It’s the little things. The Leopards have put an emphasis on getting bigger, faster, and stronger, as well as the fundamentals of the game, specifically throwing and catching the ball.