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Three questions: Colonial Forge
COLONIAL FORGE EAGLES
Head coach: Bill Brown (seventh season)
2012 record: 10-3
Last playoff season: 2012
HOW WILL THE EAGLES FARE IN YEAR 2 OF THE SPREAD?
Colonial Forge shifted to a spread offense last season after years of operating from the I formation. A knee injury to starting quarterback Damon Daniel further slowed the Eagles’ progress. Daniel is healthy now and has been working with a talented group of receivers all spring and summer in weekly passing leagues and two college camps. Division I prospects Daniel Ezeagwu and Gary Jennings lead the receiving corps, along with Ryan Burns and Justin Brown. The Eagles should be explosive.
DO THE EAGLES HAVE ENOUGH UP FRONT?
There’s a wealth of skill players, but Colonial Forge is a bit thin on both the offensive and defensive lines. Left tackle Grant Garza, who started as a freshman, is one of the few standouts. Coach Bill Brown and his staff hope to minimize the impact with the spread, which emphasizes quick passes, and with an aggressive defense that blitzes from angles. Still, the Eagles could be at a disadvantage against bigger, physical teams like Commonwealth District favorite Massaponax.
CAN THE EAGLES SURVIVE A BRUTAL EARLY SCHEDULE?
Brown has been coaching high school football in Virginia for nearly four decades, and he’s not one for hyperbole. So when he calls this schedule “the toughest I’ve had as a coach for a long time,” he means it. Unable to schedule the usual non-district games against Prince William County schools, Colonial Forge opens with powerhouses Highland Springs, Briar Woods (with a 29-game win streak) and Hermitage before facing Massaponax. Three of those four games are at home, but the Eagles will need to be ready early.