CVAC 2A FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Maiden Blue Devils

Published Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Quarterback Ethan Rhodes returns to lead Maiden this season in the Catawba Valley 2A Athletic after sparking the Blue Devils last season when they won a South Fork 2A title./HUDL PHOTO

MAIDEN BLUE DEVILS

 

(all at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Aug. 20 – Fred T. Foard
Aug. 27 – Watauga
Sept. 3 – at St. Stephens, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17—at E. BURKE
Sept. 24—at W. LINCOLN
Oct. 1—W. CALDWELL
Oct. 8 – BANDYS
Oct. 15—at BUNKER HILL
Oct. 22—at LINCOLNTON
Oct. 29—NEWTON-CONOVER

Conference: Catawba Valley 2A Athletic

Head coach: Will Bryne (42-14-0, 5 years; same at Maiden)

BYRNE

Assistant coaches: Stephen Hensley, Co-OC-OL, assistant HC; Fore Rembert, DC; Mark Herman co DC-DL; Hugh McCalls, ILBs-OL; Keith Henry, DBs-RBs; Greg Pound, TEs; Robbie Abernethy, OLBs-WRs; Derrick Ikard, DBs; Kewun McDaniel, WRs-DBs-JVs head coach; Brent Jenkins, QBs-DBs (JVs); Jared Spring OL-DL (JVs); Michael Danner, OLBs (JVs)

Last season’s records: 6-1 overall; 6-0 South Fork 2A, champion

Last season’s results: at BANDYS, W 21-7; W. LINCOLN, W 21-20; N. LINCOLN, W 40-21; at E. LINCOLN, W 46-38; at NEWTON-CONOVER, W 33-14; LINCOLNTON, W 32-7; Playoffs: Salisbury, L 12-52

SCHOOL FOOTBALL HISTORY

Last season in state playoffs: 2019, 2AA

Last state playoff victory: 2019, d. N. Surry, first round

All-time state playoff bids (since 1972): 40

Conference titles (or shares of) since 1980, last: 25, 2019 South Fork 2A

BY THE NUMBERS

OVERALL

Returning starters: 13

Returning lettermen: 20

OFFENSE

Set: Spread multiple

Returning starters: 6

Leading returning rusher: Chris Culliver, 6-3, 180, Jr. (6-84, no TDs)

Leading returning passer: Ethan Rhodes, 6-2, 195, Sr. (104-182-9, 1,653, 14 TDs)

Leading returning receiver: Culliver, (37-646, 4 TDs)

Other key returnees: Dru McCullough, 6-2, 275, Sr., OL; Aaron Lefevers, 5-11, 210, Sr., OL; D.J. Spring, 6-0, 250, Jr., OL; Ben Gibbs, 5-8, 170, Jr., RB; Jacob Sigmon, 5-9, 170, Jr., WR; Jackson Hensley, 6-4, 215, Jr., OL; Carson Foard, 5-7, 145, Jr., K-WR; Quinn Rembert, 6-2, 215, Jr., OL

Top newcomers: Alec Hall, 6-2, 190, Jr., WR; Cameron Gore 5-11, 180, Sr., RB

DEFENSE

Set: 3-4 multiple

Returning starters: 7

Players to watch: Chris Culliver, 6-3, 180, Jr., DB; Dru McCullough, 6-2, 275, Sr., DL; Aaron Lefevers, 5-11, 210, Sr., LB; D.J. Spring, 6-0, 250, Jr., DL; Ben Gibbs, 5-8, 170, Jr., DB; Chayson Bass, 5-8, 160, Sr., DB; Alec Hall, 6-2, 190, Jr., DB-LB; Cameron Gore, 5-11, 180, Sr., DB

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