2015 Football: First-year coach Goode, Generals eager for season

Stonewall's Coy Wilkerson (57) looks up for the ball as Page County's Jacob Day prepares to hit the ground on this pass play during their game last season in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily file

QUICKSBURG — Stonewall Jackson has a new head coach in Jay Goode and also a reason for optimism as it gets ready for a new season to kickoff.

The Generals have 62 players combined on their varsity and JV teams, according to Goode. There are 36 on the varsity, which should allow the Generals to have some depth.

Senior quarterback Hayden Miller (18 for 43 for 148 yards) is back and Goode said he’s done a good job of running the new Wing-T offense.

Goode said that junior Ryan Summers will be one of the starting running backs that the team will be relying on.

“He’s a good, hard worker,” Goode said of Summers. “He runs the ball hard, has a great attitude.”

The Generals will also be looking for some big plays from running backs Kyle Cowart and Cole Holsinger, both of whom are playing varsity football for the first time.

Senior Knauff is back at wide receiver. Last year he led the Generals with stats.

“He’s just a great kid,” Goode said. “He’s a great student, from what I’ve heard. He’s a hard worker in practice, a good weight-room kid.”

Goode said that Wyatt Estep and Chris Williams have also shown some real promise at wide receiver. Wade Banks and Caleb Fauver are battling for the tight end spot.

On the offensive line, Dakota Bush, Graciel Tapia, Jacob Helsley and Drew Binion are expected to lead the way.

Binion, a sophomore, set a school record in squat weightlifting, Goode said.

“He’s got a lot of promise,” Goode said. “He’s still young, but really down the road, two years from now, he could possibly be a college prospect. He’s got a lot of tools to be really good.”

Binion, Tapia, Helsley and Dylan Smith are expected to get a lot of playing time on the defensive line, said Stonewall Jackson defensive coordinator Jimmy Woods.

“Right now we look like we’re going to be pretty deep at defensive line,” Woods said. “We’re still working out who our starters are going to be.”

James Stunkle, Coy Wilkerson, Jacob Murphy and Summers will be seeing playing time at linebacker, Woods said.

In the secondary, Woods said Knauff will be one of the guys they rely on along with Brendan Hoover.

“Hoover is only a sophomore. He’s young, not the biggest guy, but he’s very smart, very football savvy,” Woods said.

Miller, Jake Kagey and Holsinger are also expected to battle for playing time in the secondary.

Gooder said that Williams will be the punter, while Wilkerson will be the place kicker.

The Generals were known for not trying extra points under former coach Dick Krol, but Goode said he believes in trying PAT’s.

He also said he believes special teams are important.

“I feel like that’s such a major part of football,” Goode said. “A lot of coaches kind of take it for granted, but we really stress it here in practice.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com