RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Godwin Eagles finished the 2015 season 6-4 and in doing so found a breakout star in then sophomore running back Wesley Dugger.
Now a junior, Dugger has gained 23 pounds and hopes to carry the Eagles to a better record and a spot in the 5A Playoffs. He has his work cut out for him after four of Godwin’s five starting offensive linemen in 2014 graduated.
Second-year head coach Logan McPherson is banking on a strong junior class making a successful transition from junior varsity to varsity.
According to McPherson, there are position battles in many places on the roster including at quarterback, where three are in the running. That’s all the more reason to focus on Dugger, who was able to take over games down the stretch in 2014.
“That’s our style of football. We’re a power running football team, so that’s what we want to do,” McPherson said. Quarterback skill set’s not that big of a deal to us. We do like to be able to stretch the field vertically, but first and foremost we want to be able to move the ball on the ground.”
When asked about the missing pieces from last year’s team, Dugger equated the inexperience of the JV newcomers with hunger.
“I feel like these kids are more hungry because they’re younger and they didn’t have a chance last year,” Dugger said. “Therefore I think we’re going to be getting after the ball and getting it and pushing as hard as we can.”
Defensively, McPherson said the front seven lost a lot to graduation. Senior Ben Carroll will play both ways at fullback and linebacker. Dugger may play both ways as well. According to McPherson, “There is a lot of athleticism in the secondary.”