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Banneker will be hard-pressed to post its third straight winning season.
The College Park school lost about its entire offense to graduation, returning only three offensive linemen. The rest of the offense will be new, which is why coach Ed Gosa has been anxious about the start of spring practice on this past Monday.
The good news is that Banneker has a lot of young and talented players without much varsity experience. And they are familiar with the team’s offensive scheme.
Justin Henderson is projected to be Banneker’s No. 1 QB, while Amon Bridges and Friday George are top candidates as the starting running backs.
Why Henderson? He earned the promotion after serving at the junior varsity’s QB the last two years. Said Gosa, “Justin is a rising junior and his time has come. Justin gives us the best chance of success at the QB position. He is already knowledgeable about our offensive schemes and personnel.
“Justin is a proven winner, and I believe will have a solid junior year as our offensive leader.”
FAST FACT: Banneker had two players sign with Auburn in February, DB/WR Demetruce McNeal and S Shaun Kitchens.
Here are some Banneker players to watch:
Team: Banneker Trojans
Spring Game: 6 p.m., May 14
Spring practice dates: May 3-14
Last year’s record: 7-4
Starters lost: 18
Head coach: Ed Gosa
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