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Thursday, August 27, 21)09 -- The Glenville Democrat Page 7 Part 1 - Pioneers build Offense around solid returners By Jamie Mullins, Sports Reporter Last year was a year of record- breaking, championship-winning ex- citement, and while last year's team set a high bar for the 2009 Glenville State College Pioneers. Coach Alan Fiddler and his gang have set their sights higher. While last year's team brought the WVIAC Championship back to Glen- ville, they fell short in their hopes for a play-off bid. This time around, the Pioneers will not be denied. When November rolls around, tile Pioneers .hope to be representing GSC in the National Playoffs. However, if the Pioneers hope to be competitive, one may remember that they have a lot of positions to fill on the offense. Last season's champion- ship team included: All-American Jerry Seymour, Glenville's All-Time Leading Rusher; four senior starting offensive linemen, including Often- sive Guard Marcal Lazenby, a First Team AII-WVIAC selection and ~;ec- ond Team All-Super Region Honory; and Center Mike Daly, a Second Team All-WVIAC selecion; and Wide Re- ceiver Brian Miles, who led the Pio- neers in receiving yards and was named a member of the All-WVIAC second team. However, rumor has it, and some stats prove, that Fiddler may have put together just the combi- nation to meet these high standards. Offensive Preview Set to lead the Pioneers into a strong season is returning senior quarter- back James McCants. McCants is in his third season with the Pioneers. In 2007, McCants transferred in as a sophomore. For the first four games, McCants saw little action; however, in game five. then-starting QB Dewayne Thompson was injured in the Pioneer's battle with Seton Hill. McCants was ready and stepped up into the pocket. While the Pioneers lost that game, McCants went on to finish out the season as QB. He was honored at the end of the season with Honorable Mention All-Conference Honors. In 2008, he came back to the Pio- neers with aseason olD 2 experience under his belt. By season's end, McCants acquired 23 touchdowns ( 12 passing, 1 Irushing). 1869 yards pass- rag, and allowed only four intercep- tions. He was named a QB of the 2008 Second Team AII-WVIAC for the role he played in leading the Pioneei's to their WVIAC Champions'hip. This season, McCants returns for one final run with the Pioneers. He has the experience, the accuracy, and the intelligence the Pioneers need in a quarterback if they are going to re- place their rushing game of 2009. "With my senior campaign, we, as a team, expect the Pioneers to win another championship," said McCants. "I, as well as the other seniors, will push everyone else to their fullest potential. That is what it takes to succeed." However, look for McCants to have help this season as the Pioneers de- liver the one-two punch at QB. This help will come in the form of 6'Y', Division-I transfer Darold Hughes. Hughes comes to the Pioneers for his first season from Florida Interna- tional University. Before joining the Panthers of FIU, he led his high school, Archbishop Shaw High School, to the 4A Louisiana State Championship game. He completed 92-o f- 177 passes and only allowed three interceptions. While he will be playing behind McCants, Hughes is excited for the oppurtunity and thinks he will be a true asset to the team. "I think I bring a lot of depth to the quarterback position," said Hughes. "I think it is going to be a lot of fun watching James and me We have become really close in a short while. We are each other's biggest supporter. I am just another piece oi the puzzle, not the whole picture Definitely, team first." With two talented quarterbacks, one may wonder whom they will be look- HEAD COACH ALAN FIDDLER ing to, with the loss of Miles. How- ever, one cannot forget the talented group of receivers who will be return- ing. This incluedes seniors Xavier Glenn and David Russell and sopho- more Antwan Stewart. Glenn returns for his final season with the Pioneers, after transferring in following two years of JUCO action. Glenn had caught the Pioneers eye at his JUCO for his unbelievable speed. When he is not trying to catch a McCants pass on the field, Glenn is serving as the Pioneers' Kick/Punt returner. In 2008. Glenn received WVIAC Honorable Mention for his Special Teams work. Glenn was also one of only two members of the 2008 Cham- pionship team to receive national rec- ognition as a [)-2 Player of the Week, when he returned a kickoff for atouch- down against WV State. Russell is the only senior receiver this year who has spent all four colle- giate years on the Pioneer offense. At 6-4, 2~20,,P, .ussel[ provides a big target for his'rec.eiver on the football field. Lo0k for the Pioneers to utilize that more this season. Stewart came in after a red-shirt season to make some big plays for the Pioneers. While Miles lead the Pio- neers in receiving yards last fall, Stewart was only ten yards behind him at the end of the season. He also caught the longest pass of the season, at 91 yards. At the end of the 2008 season, Stewart was recognized with Honor- able Mention WVIAC status. While only a sophomore this season, Stewart should continue making those big plays, not only this year. but for sev- eral more to come. While these three returning receiv- ers show a solid platform, the Pio- neers secret weapon, of sorts, comes in James McDonald, a 6'2" Senior D- I transfer from Penn State. However, now he hopes to make a difference for the Pioneers. "This is a second opportunity," ex- plained McDonald. 'l got into some trouble at Penn State, and Glenville opened up their doors with this oppor- tunity." Anyone who has had the opportu- nity to see McDonald scrimmage can vouch for the talent he brings the team; but despite his previous experi- ence, he is a team player determined to make the most of this second chance. "I have been on winning teams," said McDonald. "'1 know what it takes. I just want to add to the team. We already have a lot of talented guys. I just want to add to what we already have." While this line up of starters is strong, there are several other receiv- ers who may see some action. Re- turners Riki Lee and Jordan Griffin bring in experience playing with the GSC Offense. Lee also provides a larger target, standing at 6'4". The Pioneers have also brought in even more speed, said to be on the level of the speed exhibited by Glenn, in the form of Akheem Figgs. Figgs is a JUCO transfer with two years of eli- gibility remaining out of Northern California. Finishing up the starting scoring offense are running back Brian Harden, full back Brent Harper, and tight end Jamie Hamrick. Senior Harper, a WV native out of Roane County, brings four years of experi- ence with the Pioneers to the team. Hamrick is in his third year with the Pioneers and should prove strong on the line. However, little is known of transfer juniorHarden. Harden joined the Pioneers in the spring and showed a little in the spring game; however, the sprin g game never seems to reveal an athletes true potential. Watch for RB DeAndre Johnson, FB Chase Moore, and TE Adam Swingle, to possibly see some action in these spots as well As stated, the 2008 Offensive Line lost four starting seniors. Until camp started, alLthat was known about the ~ne was, that people were being~,.:--- brought in and everything would be fine. While those are simply words and nothing can be certain until seen on the field, it appears on paper that Coach Dave Hutchison has put to- gether a strong line. Leading the Pioneer O-Line is the lone returning starter, Adam Adkins. Senior Adkins, left tackle, stands at 6' 3", 290, and has four years of expe- rience playing on the GSC O-Line. Adkins was a pre-season All-Ameri- can in 2008; however, some tough penalty breaks kept him from the post- season honor. He did receive recog- nition in conference at the end of last season with Second Team All- WVIAC Honors, and he has already been recognized this season as a Pre-Season AIt- WVIAC First Team prediction. Adkins is joined by two other re- turning Offensive Linemen from the 2008 Championship team. Big Jo- seph Charles say, several plays last year as a right tackle behind senior Patrick Greene. While Charles's size is downright intimidating, as he stands 6'6", 330, his experience working with this line will hopefully provide him the tools to be a difference- mak- ing force for the Pioneers. Providing the snaps at center will be Chris Yeager, a 6'3, 285, senior. Yeager saw a few rotations in at guard last fall and even more at tight end; however, with the exit of Daly at center, Yeager returns to his regular position to safely place the ball in the hands of the GSC quarterback. Filling the two voids are two trans- fers in each of their own respects. Returning Starters on OFFENSE I JAMES MCCANTF; ADAM ADKINS ANTWAN STEWART BRENT HARPER DAVID RUSSELL XAVIER GLENN First, filling the Left Guard posi- tion left open by Nathanial Threatts is tion left open by graduating Lazenby transfer Bo Cielinski. Ciclinski is a will be senior Brandon McCray. 6'2, 295, junior. Little is known to McCray is not like other transfer stu- those who have not seen him play dents. While most transfers come about his ability on the line; however, from another school, McCray is sim- rumor has it that he is strong and ply coming from the other side of the definitely deserving of his position. ball. While those five make up a strong In the Spring, with knowledge that starting line-up, former GSC offen- the Offensive Line was being rebuilt, sive lineman have made comments McCray stepped forward and offered about the strength of this year's men. to move from Defense to Offense and In fact, they have even stated that try out the position. It was a great there are nine or so with the potential decision. At 6'2, 280, McCray is the to start, but only five can. Watch for smallest guy on the line by a tiny Chris Freeman, Rich Remero, and fraction; however, his experience on Steve McNair to also possibly see defense and desire to learn is making rotations onto the field. him a very valuable weapon on the ltiscleartoseethatnosingleplayer line. wilt make a difference on offense like Finally, filling the right guard posi- Jerry Seymour did last fall; however, Fiddler and his staff have crafted a well-rounded, determined team that should be just as strong, or as many have said even stronger, than the 2008 Champions. "If they're better than they were last year, I'm just happy to be a part of them," said McDonald. Reporters Comment: While I promised the entire Pioneer Preview this week, due to the amount of information to be covered, I was only able to provide the Offense in week 1. Check back next week for an equaty close look at the 2009 Pioneer Defense. 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