Thursday, November 15, 2012
As for effort, the Cane Bay Cobras gave it all they had in their Class AAAA playoff opener, coach Russell Zehr said.
“The kids played hard,” he added. “They did the best they could.”
The end result was a 45-7 loss to No. 2 seeded South Pointe on Friday night that brought down the curtain on Cane Bay’s first season at the Class AAAA level.
“The kids came out and went 6-5 in the regular season,” Zehr said. “We didn’t know what to expect when we started but the kids worked hard and played hard. There’s still a lot to be proud of.”
The playoff loss marked the end of the road for 28 Cane Bay seniors, including many of the names in the starting lineup.
In addition to the few starters that will return in 2013, Zehr said his program will gain some players from the B-Team and JV squads that combined to go 14-6.
“How good we can be next year all depends on how hard the kids are willing to work,” Zehr said. “We get started (Tuesday) on getting ready for next year. We’ll get into the weight room. We’ve got some kids that if they work really hard this spring and over the summer they’re going to be able to help us.”
Among the starters set to return on defense are sophomores Matt Rudy and Tracy Gilliard. Rudy is a linebacker that was a top tackler and Gilliard is a free safety. Key losses include two notable tacklers in linebackers Kealon Weldon and Jordan Newlin.
On offense, Cane Bay will return quarterback Devin Kilgore and running back Ramonte Frazier. Center Keith Anderson should be back too.
Frazier’s 73-yard kickoff return in the second quarter against South Pointe led to Kilgore’s 19-yard touchdown scamper that was Cane Bay’s lone points against the Stallions.
Kilgore’s touchdown cut South Pointe’s lead to 28-7 but the Stallions outscored Cane Bay 17-0 the rest of the way.
The Cobras finished with just over 120 yards of total offense and South Pointe rolled up almost 500 yards.
It was a tough matchup for the 15th-seeded Cobras.
“I’m thinking we’re going to have to probably change a little bit on both sides of the ball,” Zehr said of the preliminary plans for next season.
Mainly the Cobras don’t figure to be as big and bulky as they’ve been the last couple of years. It could mean a move to a more finesse attack on offense and a 3-4 on defense.
“The linemen we have aren’t quite as big and strong as the ones we’ve had,” Zehr said.