James Island's new head coach, Ike Allred, realizes the monumental task facing him as he seeks to bring the program to a competitive level. Not only does Allred inherit only a handful of starters from last year's 2-8 team, but the Trojans also face the move back up to Class AAAA this fall.
"We'll go through some growing pains but I am determined to get it going in the right direction," said Allred, who spent nine years as an assistant at Newberry College before working as the head coach at Chesterfield the last two years. "The past is the past and we are looking forward. We have good kids here but we have to get the numbers up. Our goal is to compete in every game and hopefully have a chance to win some games."
The Trojans will operate out of the spread with plenty of passes to several receivers. Pulling the trigger under center will be sophomore Gage Moloney (6-1, 200), who Allred says can make all of the throws.
Anchoring the running game is senior running back Devontre Hamilton, one of the top backs in the area last season. Sophomore Jordan McDaniel (6-1, 185) is a potential star in the making at receiver, and is joined by seniors Keith Ayer, Chad Hardin and Trevon Grant.
"We took a few steps back offensively to make sure the kids understand what we want so the offense will continue to develop as the season goes along," says Allred. "We have solid personnel and pretty good potential."
The anchor along both the offensive and defensive lines is senior Ryan Green (6-3, 245), a solid college prospect, according to Allred. Senior safety Matt Tanner is the top returner in the back defensively.
Bryce Krizan is a returning starter at linebacker, while sophomore Reggie Rosario (linebacker) and senior Ryan Braswell (safety) will be solid newcomers to the defense.
"We're slowly finding the pieces defensively and depth is a concern overall," says Allred. "We know the challenges we face and it's not something we can fix overnight. But, we have confidence in the process and we're all just working hard to bring it all together."