50th Edition, Sports

Football attempts the impossible

By Denebola
Published: February 2011

By Steven Gun, Volume 24
September 19, 1984

How does a team improve on a “best ever” season?
Fulfilling the goal will be quite the task; the less room for improvement, the more difficult to improve. The ‘83 Lions checked in with a noteworthy record of 8-1-1 including a Thanksgiving Day victory over Lincoln-Sudbury. During the season, South routinely dominated its foes outscoring them 205-117. Most significantly, the squad captured its first Dual County League championship.
There is no doubt that the South gridmen will rely heavily upon the their running game. The backfield lost the talent of Chris Kiah to graduation, but strong and quick Kevin Rollins will make his presence known once again this year. Rollins, among the leaders in scoring for Division III in ‘83, was the Lions’ top ground gainer with 761 yards.
Complementing Rollins in the backfield will be Darvell Huffman. Both Huffman’s mobility and his versatility proved to be tremendous assets to the squad last year. Besides scoring eight touchdowns and averaging more than five yards per carry, Huffman led the team in number of receptions with 28. The speedy senior looks to continue his role as short yardage receiving specialist this year.
Rounding out the explosive backfield will be quarterback Steven Altman. Altman will bark signals as the starter for his second consecutive year. The year of experience will be a definite plus as Altman will try to raise his already commendable completion percentage of 57 percent.
The Lions’ defense is sure to raise eyebrows while lowering its opponents’ hopes in the coming season. The South “D” can be best summed up with one word . . . solid. Coach Kojoyian will reveal one of the biggest front lines in Division III football. The line will include bruisers Brian Burlingame, Gary Collins, and Tommy Rogers. The defensive backs also promise to give opposing quarterbacks trouble. Derryck Harell, who picked off seven passes last year, will be accompanied by Huffman and rangy Leroy Rollins as the deep backs.
Improving on last year’s Cinderella season will be a difficult assignment. Hoever, with the talent and experience that the ‘84 edition of South’s football team possesses, anything seems within its grasp.

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