Head Coach: Danny HayesLast Year’s record: 11-1 Returning Offensive starters: 7Returning defensive starters: 7Likely toughest opponent: Frederick DouglassOffensive strengths: Skill positionsOffensive weaknesses: Running gameDefensive strengths: Stopping the run, athleticismDefensive weaknesses: Consistency Offensive outlook: Quarterback Aaron Parker will take the snaps for the Yellow Jackets. He will be throwing the ball to Davonte “Megatron” Young and […]
Head Coach: Danny Hayes
Last Year’s record: 11-1
Returning Offensive starters: 7
Returning defensive starters: 7
Likely toughest opponent: Frederick Douglass
Offensive weaknesses: Running game
Defensive strengths: Stopping the run, athleticism
Defensive weaknesses: Consistency
Offensive outlook: Quarterback Aaron Parker will take the snaps for the Yellow Jackets. He will be throwing the ball to Davonte “Megatron” Young and Antone McIntyre. The team runs a spread offense but will also occasionally use the Wing-T. Daylon Travers, Devin Davis and Greg Young all return at running back.
Defensive outlook: Hayes said his team uses multiple looks on defense, including a 4-3, 5-2 and 4-4. Kimothy Bynum leads the way at the cornerback position while Parker will contribute at defensive end. Antone McIntyre will help out playing safety. Hayes said explosiveness and athleticism will be the keys for his defense.
Special teams: Hayes said that his special teams unit is always going to be good, led by kicker Ryan Shymoniak. “Prince George’s County doesn’t use a lot of kickers,” Hayes said.
Coach’s comments: “You’ll see us in one defense one week and see us in another defense the following week. Pretty much the improvement on defense will be making sure the kids are in position to make plays. You’ve got to be there to make plays.”
Scouting report: Gwynn Park has a lot of returning starters on both offense and defense. The team has no problem passing the ball, but Hayes said he would like to see some improvement from the ground game. He should with three running backs returning to the team from last season. One of the team’s biggest strengths is its front seven, which is successful stopping the run. Hayes is depending on his secondary to make plays to help the team take its next step forward.
Breakaway potential: This team is experienced with a lot of returning players and upperclassmen coming back from a team that went 11-1 last season. The schedule is not very intimidating outside of Frederick Douglass and the road games are scattered enough to avoid long road trips. Gwynn Park is a good bet to go undefeated in the regular season this year. Hayes said the team’s goal is to win a state championship, and it looks like the team should be in the hunt.