Post 65 – HS Football – Preview: Willingboro


2017 In Review:  The Chimeras were 7-3, losing to Cedar Creek in the South Jersey Group 2 playoffs.  They scored 279 points for a 27.9 average, while allowing 163 for a 16.3 average, including two shutouts.  Wins included Woodrow Wilson, Ewing, Holy Cross, and Collingswood, while their other losses were to West Deptford and Cinnaminson.

Graduation Losses:  LB Albert Nah – walk-on at North Carolina A & T, WR David Green – Delaware State, QB Trae Green – Graceland (Iowa), WR Josh Robertson – Lincoln (Pa.), OL Elijah Ford – Pierce JC (LA)

Offense:  Willingboro runs a multiple offense and returns four starters.  At quarterback is sophomore Ah-Shaun Davis (6-3, 205) and returning at running back is junior Zaire Clements (5-10, 180).  Also getting carries will be junior Darren Karngbaye (5-10, 185) and sophomore Demie Sumo (5-10, 180).

Two wide receiver s are back in junior Chris Long (6-2, 175) and senior Nasir Murray (5-10, 190).  Joining them are senior Shaleed Williams (6-1, 180) and junior Khaleb McRae (6-2, 175).  At tight end is junior Nate Robertson (6-3, 180) and freshman Bryson Bright (6-1, 185).

The lone returning starter to the line is senior Azeem Deen (5-10, 205).  The guards are juniors De’Sean Jackson (6-5, 280) and Oliver Lilly (6-2, 290), while the tackles are senior Isaiah Wells (6-5, 270) and sophomore Da’Jour Dixon (6-3, 285).  Also in the rotation are seniors Isaiah Cooks (6-4, 300) and Aaron Everette (6-0, 235).  Everette started last year, but will concentrate more on defense this year.

Defense:  The Chimera run a 3-3 stack and return six starters.  Cooks will play nose guard, while Everette and senior Khris Hackett (6-2, 200) return at the ends.  Rotating at nose guard are Lilly, Deen, and Jackson, while Robertson, junior Jeremiah Fofie (6-2, 175), and junior Stephen Nagbe (6-7, 205) will also get time at end.

The three inside linebackers will be Sumo, Karngbaye, and junior Zaire Bell (5-9, 180).

The secondary brings back experience with four starters coming back.  Back at strong safety is senior Zyaire Harkins (5-8, 170), Murray at weak safety, Williams at free safety, and Long at cornerback.  Rounding out the group is a rotation of McRae and junior Jahaad Green (6-2, 180) at cornerback.  Rotating at safety is sophomore Chance Bennett (6-0, 170).

Special Teams:  Green is back as the punter and Clements is the kicker.  The return men are Long, Murray, Williams, and Clements.


Friday, 8/31, Cedar Creek at home, 7 PM
Friday, 9/7, Delsea at home, 7 PM
Friday, 9/14, Northern Burlington at home, 7 PM
Friday, 9/21, at Camden Catholic, 7 PM
Friday, 9/28, Cinnaminson at home, 7 PM
10/5-6, Bye Week
Friday, 10/12, at Sterling, 7 PM
Saturday, 10/20, at Woodrow Wilson, 12 PM
Friday, 10/26, at Camden, 6 PM

Recruits:  Murray is a probable 1-AA player, Wells is D2, Everette is a D2/D3 candidate, Deen is D3, and Williams will play somewhere.

As for juniors, Long has several offers, including Rutgers, Louisville, Baylor, North Carolina, and Duke.  In the sophomore class, Davis has a lot of potential.

Concerns:  Staying healthy and playing it one week at a time.

Coach’s Comments:  “We’re young, but experienced.  We have explosive guys and hope they take us to big-time wins.” – Head Coach Steve Everette

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