Head Coach: Jason Filbeck
2016 Record: 6-4
Returning Starters Offense: Chance Whitehead – QB – SR, Easton Brown – T – SR, Ben Volkman – OL - JR
Returning Starters Defense: Kendall Davis – DT – SR, Ryan Rogers – DL – SR, Jonny Clausing - 6'7" 240 DE - SR, Clay Wesbrooks – DB – SR, Coban Honey – SR – S, Ceetyn Anderson – DB – JR, Grady Tole – LB– SR
Outlook: Augusta head coach Jason Filbeck is entering his fourth year with the Orioles and thinks 2017 should be the best season in his tenure.
August should be stout on the defensive side of the ball, where they return seven starters. The Orioles’ defense is confident, as evidenced by their self-given nickname, ‘The Plague,’ saying they swarm the field and leave destruction in their wake.
“I really think our defense brings intensity,” Kendall Davis, Augusta defensive tackle said. “We’re always ready to hit and we’re out there having fun and ready to do it.”
The team is using 2016’s loss in the first round of the playoffs as motivation for the coming year. The team says the 42-7 loss to Mulvane in the first round of the playoffs was “embarrassing.”
Augusta has been a playoff mainstay since Filbeck accepted the job. However, they’re tired of playoff appearances, they want playoff wins.
Leading the quest to a title is quarterback Chance Whitehead. As a junior, he threw for 1,504 yards and eight touchdowns. On the ground, Whitehead added 517 yards and six touchdowns.
“We’re senior heavy, which I like because it’s my class,” says Whitehead. “Everyone has a good attitude. It’s going to be a fun year. It’s all about focus for us in the weight room and out here [practice field].”
Whitehead will be protected by the 6’3” 290 pound offensive lineman Kendall Davis, who will play both sides of the ball for the first time in his high school career.
Augusta’s backfield is full of new faces. The team lost Luke Dockers and Kenton Rocheford at running back. That duo accounted for 969 rushing yards in 2016. On the outside, Trevor Jackson caught 15 passes for 251 yards and rushed the ball 49 times for 159 yards. Dockers rushed for 13 touchdowns, the rest of the team rushed for 13.