ROADRUNNERS READY TO RUMBLE
WR Caymon Gordon (11) and Katavious Taylor (15) will be counted on to produce TDs this season!
The 2014 Ridgeway Roadrunners have a quiet confidence about their approach to this season. Supporters of the program understand why too. This team is poised to try and win it all this year. They have the talent and experience to do it. Infact, head coach Duron Sutton, who is usually very reserved in his comments to me, told me point blank "LC we will be good this season, I expect to compete for the state Championship".
As I watched other teams in this year's Jamboree at Whitehaven, one of the Whitehaven assistant coaches approached me and said "LC, man Ridgeway is loaded". He didn't have to tell me, I already knew it.
Sr QB Braxton Conard has thrown for more than 40 TD in his career. The Sr QB looks to lead Ridgeway to the stat championship this season. Conard told me "LC, I'm ready this year"!
As I start my 6th season as the teams Media and Video Director, I too am very excited about the upcoming season. The Roadrunners are returning starters at virtually every position on the field, starting at QB where 3 year starter Braxton Conard enters his Sr year poised to have the best year of his fine career. Conard burst on the scene as a Sophomore and made the Best of Preps by throwing 27 TD and only 3 interceptions in 2012. Last season he had some tough moments, but gained valuable experience while tossing another 15 TD, but he had some tough games in the process.
Coach Sutton has been pleased with the way Braxton has bounced back and prepared himself for the season. Says coach Sutton "Braxton has worked hard. I think he was humbled a little last season, but I am pleased with the way he has bounced back and looks good. He is ready to go".
He will have plenty of help on offense with the return of the Memphis areas most potent rushing attack from 2013 with Earl Harrison (18TD) and Lilotis Walker (14TD), both who eclisped 1,000 yards last season. Harrison rushed for more than 1,700 yards. At WR the Roadrunners return both starters in Caymon Gordon (5TD) and Katavious Taylor (5TD) from last season. Look for the Roadrunners to use the explosive abilities of So WR Vincent Taylor, whom Coach Sutton says "he is a player".
Sr TE Marquette Murdock, who has now added muscle and bulked up to 225lb will be counted on to produced big time this season.
The Roadrunners return All District TE Marquette Murdock. The 3 yr starter has been a star every since his first game as a 10th grader and I feel he will have his best year. Murdock has bulked up to 6'2 225. Murdock has caught 10 TD in his career. The offensive line will be anchored by returning standout starters Sr OT Cameron Jones and Sr OG Larry Palm.
Sr OG Larry Palm 6'3 315 is a versatile big man and should get some looks from colleges
Sr. DE Terry Fultz, now 6'5 260 will lead the Ridgeway defense
The defense returns plenty of starters also. Sr DE Terry Fultz is a 3 year starter and should have an outstanding Sr season. Look for Fultz to dominate. Sr DE Elontae Bateman has been a good player and starter for 3 years as well. Jr DT Anthony Wayne will man up in the trenches with the best. At LB Jr Darron Johnson returns after having a surprisingly spectacular So season. He may be Ridgeway's best defender. Look for solid play from Sr LB Darion Jennings, Sr LB Monteris Boyd, and contribution from Jr LB Taurus Henderson. The secondary returns two starters from last season in Sr CB Nick Gordon, and Jr SS Josh Gordon. Place kicking will be handled by returning Sr K Jonah Roberts, who converted 95 percent of all PATS last season. It should be an exciting season. The Roadrunners play another tough schedule, but for some reason this season it appears the Roadrunners are ready to prove that they are indeed title contenders. Let's go Roadrunners....it's time for some football!
Aug. 22 — at Olive Branch, 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 — at Southwind, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 — at Henry Co., 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 — at Kirby, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 — Whitehaven at Halle, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 — Germantown at Halle, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 — Collierville at Halle, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 — at Houston, 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 — East at Fairgrounds, 7 p.m.
Oct. 31 — Wooddale at Halle, 7 p.m.