Kellam’s (Virginia Beach, VA) varsity football squad kicked off the 2008 season on the right note on Friday night, soundly defeating First Colonial 42-28. Head coach Chris DeWitt was pleased with his team’s offensive output, including the play of transfer offensive lineman Hunter Steward .
“We are a work in progress in the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, we are moving along,” DeWitt said. “We have a few new wrinkles. We have a quarterback who can throw the ball a little bit. Last week we had over 400 yards rushing and 80 yards passing including a 60-yard pass that was called back. I’m pleased with the offense.”
The Knights offense is headlined by two senior running backs, James Taylor and Sean Abrams. Friday night, Taylor rushed for 253 yards and Abrams accounted for close to 130 yards on the ground. Coach DeWitt expects both players to play football on the next level, however he is not sure exactly which level they may end up on.
“I think both are Division 1 guys. Someone just has to find a place where they fit,” DeWitt said. “I think James is as good a back as any you’ll find around here. We play against Landstown this week and [Sterlin] Phifer, who is going to Boston College. I look at him and look at James and find it tough to distinguish them.
“Taylor is strong, can make you miss and can run. Abrams is a steady player. His conditioning is real good and he plays on both sides of the ball for us.”
Coach DeWitt received an e-mail from Hunter Steward ‘s mother this summer. The family had moved from Canada to Virginia Beach and had relocated into Kellam’s district. Needless to say, Coach DeWitt was quite pleased with the new addition to the team.
“He is 6-7, 300 pounds and he runs really good,” DeWitt said of Steward. “We are playing him at tackle. He is unheard of now, but there will be a lot of noise about him later on.”
DeWitt learned quickly that Steward, a senior, combined size with good athleticism. He has since learned that Steward is a good football player as well.
“There is a learning curve,” DeWitt said. “He has played a lot of defense in his football...
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