PREVIEW 2014: LAWRENCE CENTRAL BEARS
The Bears started the season off on fire going 3-0 under new coach Jed Richman. That start included a win over Louisville Trinity. That was the good news for the Bears as they lost their remaining seven games to finish 3-7. The key for Richman will be replacing linebacker Brandon Lee (Missouri) and WR Kenny Jones (Eastern Michigan). A couple of high profile transfers from Arsenal Tech should help that. Both RB James Gilbert (Ball State) and DT Eric Whitehead (Virginia Tech) have made D1 pledges.
Michigan recruit Darrin Kirkland is the man. He led the Bears last year from his ILB spot. He was recruited from coast to coast.
Senior Jarrett Montgomery figures to battle for the QB spot. He will play somewhere.
A lot to choose from here. You have safety Isaac Miles, WR Brian Rutland, DB Andre Randolph and RB Gerrid Doaks will be heard from.
SCOUTING THE: BEARS POSITION BY POSITION
LC loses Tyler Redfern to graduation. Seniors Brian Haas and Jarrett Montgomery will battle for the top spot.
LC gains an instant star in James Gilbert. The Ball State recruit has amassed over 2500 career yards rushing at Tech. Also looking for carries are Gerrid Doaks and Montrell Wilson.
The receiving core is led by seniors Will King (24 rec.) and Devin Glass (10 rec.). A couple of huge tight ends in Glen Calvin (6-7, 220) and Jeremy Patton (6’7, 220) also return. Last season Calvin caught 8 passes and Patton had 2.
Junior Angel Russell is the only holdover up front. Look for Ivan Martinez, Jordan Macklin, Garrett Carr and Ethan Bunce to be prominent this year.
Tech move in Whitehead brings instant talent to a deleted front line. Seniors Craig Cooper and Carlton Stovall as well as junior Alphonso Daniel look to join Whitehead.
LC has one of the nation’s best in Darrin Kirkland. He will be joined by senior Aaren Bandy and junior Andy Floyd. Sophomores Marlon Sam and Ronald Carter are future standout possibilities.
Junior Isaac Miles is back at free safety. Junior Andre Randolph could join him as well as Jarrett Montgomery and sophomore Michael Tutsie.
The Bears have some talent in place to be competitive every night. The key will the eligibility of Gilbert and Whitehead by the IHSAA along with consistency at quarterback.