Blue Devils Hoping Experience Will Pay Off
For the Columbus High Blue Devils, it's all about experience. A strong offensive unit with not only all of their linemen returning, but a lot of depth in the backfield.
"I think as an offensive unit, we should have plenty more yards than we did last year," said senior quarterback, Derrick James.
"We're about six deep and for the most part all of the guys are upperclassmen, so we're excited about that," added head coach Phil Marino. "They have good speed, they're strong, and they have a lot of playing time."
Experience runs deep at pretty much every position for the Blue Devils squad as they return guys like four-year starter Essang Bassey. He's a Wake Forest commit who plays cornerback and wide receiver. He's looking to make the most of his senior season and wants to set an example for the program's future.
"When I was coming up I had good leaders who took em under their wing and gave me that work ethic to accomplish good things on the football field," he said. "So I wanna give that to the younger guys too and that's what I'm trying to do."
Columbus is coming off a 3-7 season. It may not look like a successful year on paper, but it was. Those three wins were the most the Blue Devils have had since the 2007 season and with this squad's experience, the expectations are pretty high.
"We're gonna make a playoff run and we're gonna just have to work hard," Marino said. "Our region is very good and we play a lot of good teams. Yea know everybody's focus is to win a state championship, but we're gonna take one step at a time, one game at a time, but our goal is just like everybody else to make the playoffs."
"If we really just put our mind to it, and work hard and continue the work that we're doing this year and just keep going, we'll make it," added senior inside linebacker, Brandon Palmer.
The Blue Devils open the season on Thursday, August 20th against Jordan.