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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: Bears learning new offense

Riverbend football coach Tony DeMarco has high expectations for the upcoming season.

But the Bears are installing the no-huddle spread offense for the first time under new offensive coordinator James Callahan, so DeMarco knows his team will need all the preparation it can get.

That’s why Riverbend participated in 7-on-7 passing tournaments at the universities of Virginia and Pittsburgh the past two weekends.

“We’ve been very busy,” DeMarco said, “and it ain’t even football season yet.”

When the season does arrive, DeMarco believes the new spread offense will be beneficial to the team, which previously ran the wing–T. Callahan operated a successful up-tempo system for several years at Stonewall Jackson in Manassas.

DeMarco said two years ago, Callahan’s offense ran 95 plays per game. The average dropped to 75 in 2013.

“We’re going to resemble Oregon,” DeMarco said of the college football program known for its fast-paced attack.

The Bears’ skill position players weren’t the only ones to get a workout at Pittsburgh. Riverbend placed fourth out of 26 teams in the Big Man competition. The Bears finished second in the bench press, with six linemen lifting 185 pounds as many times as possible. They were also second in the tug of war.

BEAR GETS OFFER

Two players who assisted the Bears in their efforts are on the radar of Division I colleges. Rising senior tight end Garrett Wiedle has received a scholarship offer from Delaware, DeMarco said. Wiedle (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) is expected to move to offensive tackle in college and may shift to the line for the Bears next season, as well. He missed the final eight games of the 2013 season with a ruptured tendon in his finger.

DeMarco said rising junior offensive lineman Zach Adams (6-foot-7, 285 pounds) is receiving interest from Baylor.

HOKIES GOING GREENE?

Courtland rising junior football standout Victor Greene has received a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech. The Hokies are the first program to extend an offer to Greene. Greene (6-foot, 200 pounds) was one of three Courtland running backs to top the 1,000-yard mark in 2013 but the Hokies are recruiting him as an outside linebacker.

Greene, who rarely played defense last season, said because he’s new to the recruiting process, he has yet to formulate a plan.

“I could commit early, but I wouldn’t make any promises,” he said.

Greene said he’s long admired the Hokies and it’s a plus that “they’re local so I don’t have to go too far from home.”

He’s set to visit Virginia Tech for a one-day camp on July 14. He’s also receiving interest from Virginia, Old Dominion, Richmond and James Madison.

REBHOLZ PICKS CAVS

Recent Colonial Forge graduate Megan Rebholz will continue her cross-country and track and field career at Virginia. Rebholz received scholarship offers from Indiana and James Madison, but chose to walk on with the Cavaliers.

“The team atmosphere mixed with it being a really good school for what I want to study [business] made it more appealing,” Rebholz said of why she chose the Cavaliers. Rebholz was The Free Lance–Star cross-country runner of the year the past two seasons.

Three other ex-Colonial Forge runners have made college decisions, as well. Former Eagles coach Sean Leyh said Kelsey Peace is headed to Longwood, while Caitlyn Beaulieu and Cullen Monahan will compete for Christopher Newport.

JACKETS SHINE IN 7-ON-7

Seven-on-seven season has been very kind to the James Monroe football team. The Yellow Jackets have won two of the three tournaments they’ve competed in this summer, and they came in second in the other.

JM’s most impressive showing might have come last weekend at University of Richmond. The Yellow Jackets were the only 3A team there and came away with the win against the likes of Varina and Lake Braddock, both from 6A, and Hermitage, Great Bridge, JEB Stuart and Broad Run from 5A.

“I’m telling you, these kids are good. If I get an offensive line, we’re going to have a heck of a football team,” JM coach Rich Serbay said.

EAGLES NAB ANOTHER

Former Spotsylvania basketball standout Devin Kennedy is the third recent Fredericksburg-area native to choose Mary Washington.

Kennedy said he decided to join the Eagles partly because of the fast-paced offense first-year coach Marcus Kahn plans to install, but also because he bonded with Mary Washington’s new leader.

“I’ve gotten to know coach Kahn and he’s a very, very good man,” Kennedy said. “We really clicked when I met him. All he promised me was an opportunity and 100 percent of him. I can’t wait to take advantage of both.”

Kennedy, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard, averaged 14.5 points per game for the Knights last season. He also considered Christopher Newport and Southern Virginia.

Kennedy is expected to join Caroline’s Jaron Clipper and Brooke Point’s Sunjata Stills at UMW.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

 

 

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