Mark Humble, head coach of the Rock Hill High School Blue Hawks, is hoping to bring some of the success he has experienced while the offensive coordinator at Frisco Lone Star to his new team.
Rock Hill opens its inaugural season in a very tough District 7-5A (II)
Being the new school in Prosper ISD, Rock Hill will likely experience the same growing pains that any new school would.
"We’re the new school with hungry kids fighting for spots," Humble noted. "One of the keys to our success will be how fast everyone learns the new system on offense, defense and special teams. Most of our kids played in the Prosper ISD system last year."
There will be a learning curve to overcome. Humble is positive that everyone will bond together and make strides forward quickly.
"Not having spring ball to get the players familiar with our systems is an obstacle," he added. "Even though no schools had spring practice, their kids have been in the system they are all familiar with. However, the number of kids we had in strength and conditioning camp is a very positive thing."
According to Humble, the primary key to the inaugural season for the Blue Hawks is "getting our team valuable game experience and getting all players in the right spot to give us a chance to be successful."
The Blue Hawks will implement a spread/multiple formation offense similar to the one Humble used while at Lone Star.
He lists the team strengths as the offensive and defensive lines and, as is often the case with first-year varsity programs, inexperience and depth will be the two big challenges in the initial season at Rock Hill.
Top offensive players for the Blue Hawks include offensive linemen Brooks Richardson, Grehson Coates-Garcia, Jared Bartz, Hayden Bennett and Josh Pheil.
Donovan Shannon and Maurice Gray look to get reps. James Whatley, Ryan Wilson and Luke Knight may get some time in the Blue Hawks’ backfield.
Quarterbacks Brenner Cox, Matt Wagner and Chet Hecox will get looks at signal caller.
The receiving corps may consist of Ryan Threat, Aiden Houston, Jayden Hall, Keyoni Morrison and Cole Kosanovich.
The Blue Hawks’ defense will line up in a 3-4 and there will be quite a few players trying to earn spots.
Jarrett Hutson, Casey Adjei, Matt Sermania, Juan Jimenez and Tamori McPherson will be trying to earn spots up front in the trenches on the defensive line.
The linebacking chores will be split between Luke Knight, Cole Seitz, Carson York, Luke Leaumont and Tyler Wiley.
Candidates for secondary positions include Joseph McGinnis II, Austin Kibe, Tyson Trammell, Jaden Clark and Nick Sutton.
The Blue Hawks open their first official varsity season in the very tough nine team District 7-5A (II). Rock Hill’s opponents include Frisco, Denison, Lucas Lovejoy, Frisco Liberty, Lake Dallas, Princetop, Frisco Memorial and Frisco Lebanon Trail.
The Frisco Racoons (8), who were a regional semifinalist last season, are ranked in the pre-season Top 10.
"There are some great teams in our district and several of them are coming off great seasons in 2019. Our kids will learn from this valuable experience and we look forward to it," Humble said.