County football squads getting fit for fall

Posted on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

The latest generation of players began 2014 practice at all four county high schools last week. The Atlee Raiders, coming off their best season ever at 11-2, held their annual Blue-White Scrimmage Saturday.

Atlee High School linebacker coach John McFee works with linebackers on catching passes from the opposing quarterback during one of the Raiders’ summer practices.

Atlee High School linebacker coach John McFee works with linebackers on catching passes from the opposing quarterback during one of the Raiders’ summer practices.

Head Coach Roscoe Johnson, now in his eighth season at Atlee, noted the team is counting on newcomers arriving from last year’s JV team that had a 9-1 record to add to his returning players. But his emphasis is solely on their Sept. 5 season opener against Deep Run.

“We’re not ready yet, but we’re getting to that point. Our focus is Deep Run, and that’s all we’re looking at right now,” Johnson said.

Notable newcomers included new quarterback Malik White, a transfer from Henrico High School, and A.J. Zollar, a running back for the Blue team.

Hanover holds its annual Green-White Scrimmage Saturday at 9 a.m. Patrick Henry will scrimmage with Caroline at home Friday afternoon at 5 p.m., while Lee-Davis will hold their first scrimmage, with Douglas Freeman, at home Aug. 21.

In professional football news, Josh Wells, quarterback for Hanover’s first two playoff teams in 2007 and 2008, continues to fight for a roster spot on the offensive line for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Wells was at left tackle on Denard Robinson’s 23-yard touchdown run on a pitch with 6:27 left to give the Jaguars at 16-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wells was a standout lineman at James Madison University before signing with Jacksonville as a free agent after not being selected in the NFL Draft in May.

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