Team photo from left:
Row 1: Aaron Hilyard, Joshua Fowlkes, Robert Overton, Davon Lewis, Keon Rayford, Anthony Amison, John Elizade, Stratmon Cooke, Rondale Ensley, Brandon Cruz
Row 2: Kameron Jones, Wendell Warren, Dimitri Anderson, Jamar Russell, Brady Garrett, Elijah Triplett, Jacob Hayward, John King, Antonio Ellis, John Cavitt
Row 3: Micah Conway, Gabe Comer, Romale Frazier, Ravon Williams, Mike Mooore, Taqim Price, Dujuan Henry, Walter Boykins, Darir’yon Watson
Row 4: Cody Nagle, Vonte Middleton, Austin Amison, Amon Amison, Xavier Price, Cory Collier, Mark Jones, Micah Smith
Row 5: Dan Williams, Dontae Williams, Jerell Wainwright, Jacob Spivey, Kenneth Scott, Hunter Hicks
Row 6: Coaches Rodney Gordon, Todd Price, head coach Keith Dawson, Ric Turner, Garland Parker
ABOUT THE TEAM:
Coach: Keith Dawson, second year
Last season: 6-4, 3-2 CL
Returning letter winners: 8
Returning starters: Offense 3, defense 5
Top players: Seniors Anthony Amison, 6-3, 170, WR; Keon Rayford, 5-8, 165, LB; Joshua Fowlkes, 6-3, 175, DE-WR; Charles Carter, 5-11, 175, DB-QB; Stratmon Cooke, 5-11, 180, RB-DB.
Outlook: The Rams are not looking back on a disappointing 2012 season in which they lost momentum down the stretch.
The loss of nearly a dozen players to graduation has Dawson working with a younger and smaller roster with 35 players at the start of two-a-days.
Amison is the top returner for a no-huddle offensive unit that looks to keep an up-tempo pace. He pulled in 21 receptions, including four touchdowns.
Rayford is considered one of the top defensive returners in the league coming off a season in which he registered 100 tackles.
"It's a young team, but a very eager team," Dawson said. "They listen well and they're open to learning.
"We're installing a new offensive [no-huddle] system. It's something that Rogers has run in the past, but we're just doing it a little differently this year."
Consistent play from other returners like Fowlkes, Carter and Cooke on both sides could make the Rams much more formidable in the City League race.
Sep. 6-Dayton Dunbar
Sep. 13-at Napoleon
Sep. 20-Columbus DeSales
Sep. 27-at Delta
Oct. 17-at Start