2018 Team Preview: Chapin Eagles

School: Chapin

Mascot: Eagles

Region: Class 5A Region 5

Twitter: @chapinsportsnet

Head Coach: Justin Gentry

Assistant Coaches: Jody Haltiwanger-OC, Brian Thomas-OL, Alex Dial-Asst OL, Mason Zandi-Asst OL, Bryan Cotney-TE, Jason Jolley-RB, Paul Scheno-WR, Randy Johnson-Asst WR, John Bailey-QB, Steve Davis-Asst QB, Scott Stogner-DC, Mitch Starange-DL, Brandon Owens-Asst DL, Mark Drag-OLB, Roy Kirby-LB, Cal Sayger-CB, Ryan Cole-S, Christian Barber-Asst WR/DB

2017 results: 7-4 overall with a 3-1 record in 4A Region 5; lost in first round of playoffs to Crestwood.

2018
Schedule
DATE OPPONENT
(bold indicates region game)
8-24 at Mid Carolina
8-31 at Lugoff-Elgin
9-7 Newberry
9-13 at Spring Valley
9-21 AC Flora
9-28 at Dutch Fork
10-5 White Knoll
10-12 at River Bluff
10-18 at Lexington
10-26 Nation Ford

 

RETURNING OFFENSIVE STARTERS
PLAYER POSITION YEAR
Joshua Taylor OL 2020
John Michael
Jenny
OL 2020
Thornton
Gentry
OL 2021
Roger Pedroni QB 2020
Jason Graves WR 2019
Alex Nelson K 2019

 

RETURNING DEFENSIVE STARTERS208
PLAYER POSITION YEAR
Jacob Drag DE 2019
Garrett Huyck DE 2020
Khyeim Christie DL 2019
James Wells LB 2019
Jarrett Whitley LB 2020
Taylor Lehmann DB 2019
Conner Lehmann DB 2021
Will Stogner

Jake WAtson

DB

LB

2021

2019

AUDIBLE FROM THE COACH: We will be very young again in a lot of places, but most of our young guys played major roles for us last year. We are moving to 5-A and most people won’t give us a chance. We want to be able to compete the best we can and let the chips fall.

Chapin had a solid season in 2017, going 3-1 in region play. Their offense was respectable but not as explosive as it has been in the past. Their defense gave up 19 points per game. This season, they move in to a very tough 5A region where they will be challenged by the week-in-week-out competition against teams that will have more depth than them. It will be different, as the Eagles face seven 5A opponents this season.

My take: This team has the talent at the top of their depth chart to compete with most of the teams in their region. I believe it is in the depth that they will suffer. That said, this is a team that I feel could finish as high a third in the region in their first year in 5A

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About Jim Baxter

Jim Baxter is a former coach and nationally published recruiting analyst with more than three decades in the industry. He founded SCVarsity.com as one of the first high school sites on the Rivals.com Network, most recently with Yahoo Sports. He is the author of the best selling "The Book On Evaluating Football Players" and is the host of the South Carolina High School Scoreboard Show on 107.5 The Game. He has operated the oldest independently run combine, coached for the Nike Football Combines and Elite 11 since 1999. He has served in the past on the broadcast crew in both radio and TV for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, as well as the North-South All-Star game. He was a member of the coaching staff for the 2015 Max Emfinger All-American game.

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