Gridiron Preview 2021: Habersham Central

Make no doubt about it, the Raiders will enter 2021 with a mindset and mentality of “don’t flinch”. Several key playmakers have moved on, notably Joshua Pickett and Jackson Clouatre. But there is a solid core on defense, and plenty of guys on offense that can emerge to get Habersham back into the playoffs yet again.

Head Coach: Benji Harrison, 7th Season
2020 Record: 
6-5; 1st Round


2021 Schedule

AUG 20 – @ Madison County
AUG 27 – Apalachee
SEP 10 – @ White County
SEP 17 – Stephens County
SEP 24 – Winder-Barrow*
OCT 1 – @ Buford*
OCT 8 – Dacula*
OCT 15 – @ Lanier*
OCT 22 – @ Central Gwinnett*
OCT 29 – BYE
NOV 5 – Shiloh*

*Region 8-AAAAAA Game

Personnel & Schemes

Key Departures: Joshua Pickett, Jackson Clouatre, Patrick Tedder, Austin Wood, Tanner Wade, Pierce Vickery, Sutton Dover, Grayson Taylor, Butch Cassidy

Key Returning Players: Alex Aaron, Caleb Wade, Garrett Heaton, Sirmarcus Burney, Azzi Cervantes, Jonathan Adams

Up & Coming Players: Zeke Whittington (FR WR/CB), Noah Wilson (SR)

Offense: Spread. The starting QB spot has yet to be determined, as Harrison states that the competition is ongoing. Featured backs include Simarcus Burney and Blandon Grizzle. The WR corps is solid and Harrison believes they will be “very productive.”

Defense: 3-5. The DEs Alex Aaron and Jonathan Adams, as well as FS Caleb Wade will anchor this unit.

Trenches: “Even though we lost 4 starters, I feel like this group is going to be a good one,” claims Harrison. “They are a very coachable group with a good understanding of how we want to play. I feel like our DL has experience and several guys that can roll on Friday night.”

Strengths & Areas of Focus

Strengths: “I feel like one of our strengths can be our DL, especially our DEs Jonathan Adams and Alex Aaron,” says Harrison. “I think overall, our defense is really comfortable with what we are doing and will allow our offense which has a bunch of new guys the time needed to get where we want to be.”

Focusing On: “Our focus has simply been trying to be the most physical team on the field on Friday night and to play with uncommon effort,” states Harrison.


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