High school football preview: Bishop Grimes

first_imgEight-man football was created in part to make smaller schools competitive, and Bishop Grimes took advantage in the first season of Section III’s eight-man division. In its final season playing traditional 11-man football, the Cobras went 2-5. But in its debut eight-man season, Bishop Grimes went 6-0 and won the first ever Section III 8-man championship.As the season approaches, Bishop Grimes’ players want a repeat. Here’s a preview of how they plan to do it.2017 record: 6-0; inaugural Section III 8-man division championsHead Coach: Jason Wait, entering fourth season as head coachDriving distance from SU: 6.3 milesAdvertisementThis is placeholder textPlayers from last year’s team who graduated: SevenNotable returns:Nate Gay, WR/CB, SeniorDalton Damuth, OL/DL, SeniorTyler Wait, RB/WR/CB, SeniorTJ Bradford, WR/CB, SeniorOpening game: Sectional final rematch with New York Mills; Sept. 15, noon at Bishop GrimesKey Storylines:A sophomore quarterback, yet to be fully decided in preseason competition, will be replacing a four-year starterThe quest to repeat as eight-man sectional champions as more teams join the division Comments Jason Wait: “Grimes was not a winning program for a long time, 30 years. To have the junior class and sophomore class see that last year, what it was like to win and feel that. Your seniors go on, they’re graduated, and now your junior class has come up. It’s been nonstop of, ‘Let’s do it again, we can do this.’” Facebook Twitter Google+ OL/DL Dalton Damuth: “We lost some big players, quarterback, wide receiver, but the young kids we have coming in are pretty good. I feel good about this year.” Published on August 15, 2018 at 9:27 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 FB/LB Colin Cavanaugh: “It felt great having an undefeated season, let alone wins for the first time in a long time.” RB/WR/CB Tyler Wait: “Win it again. If there’s states, we want to win states. And I think there’s a national championship, down in Florida or something. If we do that, that’d be cool. That’d be sick.” What they’re saying:Head coach Jason Wait: “You realize that you’re starting the year with a target … You know other teams are looking to be the first team to beat you.”last_img read more