Line will lead the way for Warriors

By John Conley - [email protected]

Wyoming East faces its share of challenges this season.

The Warriors will be replacing all of their starting skill people and special teams personnel.

New head coach Donald Jewell says the good news is that a bunch of linemen are back.

“I like our line,” Jewell stated. “They’re going to be the strength (of the team).

East, which went 7-4 last year and made the playoffs for the third straight season, is looking to the line for leadership.

The first (starting) group is helping the second group,” Jewell said.

“The backfield is coming along,” he added. “They have to get their timing down.”

WEHS will run a double-wing offense this year.

“We’re going to pound it on the ground,” Jewell noted.

Starting up front will be junior center Joel Cannady (6-6, 315).

“He transferred from Woodrow last year,” Jewell said. “He’s got a lot of talent.”

Right guard Matt Cook played a lot on the offensive line last year.

Left guard Stephen Shrewsbury “has all the potential in the world,” the coach says. “He’s a game time player.”

Right tackle Eric Taylor (6-6, 300) missed last season.

“He has worked hard,” Jewell said. “He lifts weights almost every day.”

Senior left tackle Matt Perry is providing leadership, the coach reported.

Jewell says tight end Kyle Clay is a good blocker.

Junior Austin Tilley is the fullback.

Halfbacks are junior Uriah Adkins, who got some carries last year, and senior Alec Lusk, whom Jewell says “is just an athlete.”

Hunter Hall, who started twice last year when Aaron Griffith was injured, will be the quarterback.

Others expected to see action include Zach Raye, Tyler Hagy, Colby Sadzewicz and Michael Elkins.

Ethan Hatfield, R.J. Folden (corner) and Jacob Tilley (wide receiver) will get some snaps as well.

Chance Shrewsbury is the backup signal caller.

The defense will be in a 4-4 alignment this year.

Shrewsbury will be one of the ends, and Cannady will be a tacke.

Taylor is the nose guard. Clay could be an end.

Some spots are still in contention, according to Jewell.

Raye and Brody Jenkins are possibilities at linebacker.

Likely to play at outside linebacker are Lusk, Michael Belcher, Michael Elkins and Uriah Adkins.

Folden and Ethan Hatfield are the corners.

Dustin Byars could play also.

Tanner Gentry is the long snapper, and freshman James Snuffer will kick extra points and field goals.

Snuffer had never played football before, but he made an impression on Jewell.

Several guys are competing for punting duties.

Jewell thinks his team can compete for a playoff spot if it stays health.

Injuries on the line, he says, could be a problem. “We’re thin on the line,” he stated.

“We can’t turn the ball over (and win),” he noted.

The schedule is largely the same, but Mount View has replaced Shady Spring.

East open the season on Aug. 28 against Mingo Central, a team which reached the state quarterfinals last year.

John Conley can be reached at or on Twitter @PIHnews.

By John Conley

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