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You have to be a special player to start as a freshman in high school.
You have to be super duper special to start at QB as a freshman in high school.
John Henry Carey is that rarity, according to Druid Hills coach Kip Hall.
Hey, at least the kid has a good football name.
Why the freshman? The coach needs someone to direct the team’s “Multiple I” offense, and John Henry seems to be a natural fit.
We will let the coach explain it: “He has a passion for the game. He is not only intelligent in the classroom, but he is a student of the game. From just what I have seen, he has the tools to play the position. [And] he will only get better over time.
“He already has some of the nuances of the position. After working and speaking with him these past few months, he is miles ahead of most players of the same age. It’s our job now to bring that potential out and coach him up.”
The good news is that Druid Hills will have some playermakers around the young buck, including RB Foluke Gordon-Lamar (73 carries, 500 yards), OL/DL Joseph Ray (19 tackles for losses), and TE Brandon Harrison (6-4, 210). The bad news is Region 5-AAA, Div. A, with St. Pius, Booker T. Washington, and Grady, among others.
Team: Druid Hills Red Devils
Spring Game: May 15
Spring practice dates: May 3-15
Last year’s record: 2-8
Starters lost: 8
Head coach: Kip Hall
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