SPRING HILL - 330 days. That's how long it had been since Bishop McLaughlin took the field for a football game. Although it wasn't an official game, Bishop played host to Interlachen High School - which is 2 and a half hours away. For a scrimmage scheduled to start at 6:30 PM it took nearly 2 hours for just players to hit the field for warmups due to weather delays. Luckily the bad weather subsided and both programs hit the field. Joining the few others around the state of Florida for 'Week 0' of the regular season. Here's 3 takeaways from Friday night.
Can Coach Stills make Bishop a winner?
Certainly no stranger to the game. Ken Stills, who’s son is current NFL wide receiver Kenny Stills, brings plenty of football experience to Bishop McLaughlin.. Although the former NFL safety and IMG Academy assistant will have his work cut out for him in his first year at the helm. His current team only has 5 seniors of the roster. With almost 50% of the team being underclassmen. Mostly a defensive coach for his coaching career he's tasked with figuring out the offensive game plan since last year's QB is no longer with the program.
Dontrevius Jackson will lead the charge on offense...
If there's any certainty for the Hurricane offense at this moment. It's that Jackson will be the playmaker. Until Bishop McLaughlin can figure out how to get its passing game going, Jackson will have the spotlight on him. As a Sophomore last year Jackson led the team in rushing yards (616) on just 55 carries according to MaxPreps. And against Interlachen, he scored all 3 of Bishop's TDs. Twice on the ground and once through the air.
Watch Out for Jack Miller.. on defense.
Although Miller is more known for his play making ability on offense - team-highs in receptions (21), receiving yards (577) and TDs (3). Opposing teams now must keep an eye on him when he lines up at DE. The Hurricane defensive ends slowly got better as the scrimmage against Interlachen went along. Despite not getting the ball while on offense - Miller did chip in with 2 sacks.