NORTHWESTERN 3A-4A FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Freedom Patriots

Published Monday, August 19th, 2019

By CHRIS HOBBS

HobbsDailyReport.com

2019 SCHEDULE
(all games at 7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 23—Shelby
Aug. 30—at Draughn
Sept. 6—E. Burke
Sept. 13—at Patton
Sept. 20—at Crest
Sept. 27—ST. STEPHENS
Oct. 4—at HICKORY
Oct. 11—ALEXANDER CENTRAL
Oct. 18—at S. CALDWELL
Nov. 1—WATAUGA
Nov. 8—at McDOWELL

FREEDOM PATRIOTS

Conference: Northwestern 3A-4A

Head coach: Luke Little (96-59, 12 years; 9-3 at Freedom, 1 year)

Last season’s records: 9-3 overall; 6-1 Northwestern 3A-4A, second place

BY THE NUMBERS

OVERALL

Returning starters: 7

Returning lettermen: 22

OFFENSE

 Returning starters: 7

 Leading returning rusher: Jayden Birchfield, 6-2, 210, Sr. (80-516, 15 TDs)

Leading returning passer: Jayden Birchfield, 6-2, 210, Sr. (180-272-7, 2,821 yards, 27 TDs)

 Leading returning receiver: Desmond Caldwell, 6-1, 180, Jr. (55-1,048, 13 TDs)

DEFENSE

Returning starters: 6

Players to watch: DayDay Burgess, DB, 5-10, 180, Sr.; Daniel Dula, DB, 5-10, 190, Jr.; Cam Silvers, LB, 5-10, 205, Jr.; Day Day Rhody, DL, 5-11, 230, Sr.; Noah English, DE, 5-11, 210 Sr.; Jayden Birchfield, DB, 6-2, 210, Sr.; Kevin Hover, DE, 6-0, 240, Sr.

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