2018-08-15 / Front Page

Bobcats kickoff Friday

Visit Thomas Co. Central in Thomasville — Kickoff at 8 p.m.


2018 Early County High Bobcats 2018 Early County High Bobcats The Bobcats open their 2018 football season Friday night when they visit Thomas County Central.

Bobcat fans had a chance to see a “brief” preview of the Bobcats Friday when they hosted Seminole County in a scrimmage game at Standifer Field. The game was scoreless when it was called off due to thunderstorms with 1:13 left in the first half.

The Bobcats first six games will be against non-region foes Central, Eufaula, Cook Co., Worth Co., Tallassee, Ala., and Dothan. Their first Region 1- AA contest will be Oct. 12 against Brooks Co.

Heading into his second season as the Bobcats’ head coach, Joel Harvin is looking to a more experienced group of seniors to improve on last season’s 2-8 record.

“We had a lot of mental errors that goes with having a young team,” Harvin stated. “We have a good group of 13 seniors coming back this season.”

Six of the seven returning starters on defense are seniors, and three of the five returning starters on offense, are seniors.

Harvin points to the defense possibly being the team’s strength this season. “But, we have to get all our athletes on the field,” he stated. “We are going to be running more 3-4 and possibly some 3-5 defenses.”

The Bobcats return three starters at linebacker in seniors Jamal Washington, Escondarious Pinkney and Aaron Yarbrough. Pinkney and Washington led Early County in tackles last year. Yanetel Smith, Darrian Sheffield, Wade Glass and Ladamien Lee will also see action at linebacker.

The defensive front will be anchored by two returning starters 6’3”, 300-pound junior Jalen Reed and Perry Lee. Keandre Lucas, Zyderious McClendon, James Gilbert and Javacia George give the Bobcats depth on the defensive line.

The secondary has two starters returning in seniors Jontavious Johnson and Ceasar Garcia. Johnson made over 50 tackles and had two interceptions last year. Javiah Wimberly will play free safety.

The offense, which was riddled with injuries last season, has five starters returning. including two on the line in Jalen Reed and 6’3”, 223 lb. Javius Powell. Center Jackson Allred, Jaden Dunwoody, Zyderious McClendon, Noah Elledge and Perry Lee will fill out the offensive line.

Aaron Yarbrough and Ladarious Ceasar will lead the Bobcats’ running game with Braveon George, Montravious George and Javiah Wimberly providing depth in the backfield.

Junior Asher White, who was expected to play last year, will be the likely start at quarterback. White was sidelined last season by a couple of concussions.

White’s targets will be tight end Jay Pittman and wide receivers Jamone King, Montravious and Braveon George, Trenten Cintron and Tyrell Rainey.

Junior Alex Warr returns as the Bobcats’ kicker. Last year, he was 2-of-2 on field goals and 16-of-19 on extra point kicks. Harvin said Warr has improved his range and is capable of kicking a 50-yard field goal now. Warr will also punt and handle kickoffs.

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