Sauras expecting success with new players


By Amanda Dodson - adodson@civitasmedia.com



Sauras scrimmage at the annual Maroon and Gold scrimmage.


Jonah Moorefield steps into the role as quarterback this season.


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Seniors Robbie Hennelly and Patrick Branch come off the field after a summer scrimmage.


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Coach Jonathan Frasher talks with his team after a summer 7-on-7.


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South Stokes 2015 varsity football team.


Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Roster

Adkins, Tyler 12 52 T/DT 6’1 235

Bennett, Sterliing 11 77 T/NG 5’8 280

Bonner, Dre 12 7 WR/C 6’0 170

Branch, Patrick 12 63 C/NG 5’11 235

Carter, Cody 12 21 WR/C 5’8 126

Dutton, Mason 11 25 FB/LB 5’11 200

Everett, Lee 12 79 T/NG 6’3 335

Goodwin, Keelan 12 9 RB/FS 6’4 180

Haliburton, Tre 11 3 WR/C 5’11 125

Hayden, Matt 12 10 WR/FS 5’11 150

Hennelly, Robbie 12 53 G/DE 6’4 240

Hobert, Cody 11 13 FB/OLB 5’8 175

Holland, Zion 11 6 RB/C 6’0 160

Johnson, Hunter 12 61 T/DE 6’0 230

Mikels, Hunter 12 40 FB/LB 5’11 195

Moore, Tanner 11 33 RB/OLB 5’7 170

Moorefield, Jonah 11 5 QB/OLB 6’2 175

Patane, Josh 11 15 QB/OLB 5’9 170

Patane, Matt 12 44 FB/DE 6’0 220

Phillips, Michal 11 20 RB/C 6’1 195

Polifka, Ozzy 12 4 QB/NG 5’8 220

Reynolds, DeShun 11 12 WR/C 5’5 120

Rodriguez, Armando 12 2 WR/C 5’6 140

Smith, Jacob 10 62 G/DE 6’0 230

Coach Jonathan Frasher’s 2015 team may be a bit of a wild card this season. Of the 13 seniors on the roster, six are coming back to the program after being out a year or playing for the first time.

“There’s no substitute for experience but if these kids that are new work hard and learn from film they’ll get better and the experience will come. There’s still things they need to learn but I like their intensity,” Frasher said.

In 2012 the Sauras made their way to the state playoffs and saw four of their athletes sign to play at the collegiate level. Since then the program’s struggled to win conference matchups, but this year’s roster could turn that around.

“No two teams are ever the same, they always change. This team is a strong group and very supportive of one another,” he said.

Retuning is all-conference running back Keelan Goodwin. As a junior last spring Goodwin made his second appearance at the NCHSAA 2A Track and Field state championship qualifying in three events and medaling in two. Frasher said the senior has excelled in preseason and he’s expecting big things from him in weeks to come.

“He’s gotten a lot stronger this year and he runs really powerful,” the coach said.

New to the program is 6’2” Jonah Moorefield who’s slotted as starting quarterback. As a standout basketball player pacing the Sauras with consistent scoring the junior brings confidence and athleticism.

In a preseason scrimmage the coach praised Moorefield.

“He has a great tenacity about him. One thing Jonah did was recognize the mistakes he made before we even told him. There’s things we’ve got to work on and get better in and we’ll do that,” he said. “Scrimmages are invaluable. Coach Mabe said it today, it’s hard to simulate going up against another team in practice and speed like you would on a Friday night. This allows us to do that. We’ll watch the film, work and get better.”

The coach said there’s no game his team is taking for granted this season and they’ll continue to work on fundamentals preparing them for competitive matchups.

“We’re excited about the challenge. It’s been great to see them getting better and want to be out here,” Frasher said. “They’re coming together as a unit and we’re going to take it one game at a time.”

Amanda Dodson can be reached at (336) 813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

Sauras scrimmage at the annual Maroon and Gold scrimmage.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_South8.jpgSauras scrimmage at the annual Maroon and Gold scrimmage.

Jonah Moorefield steps into the role as quarterback this season.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_South2.jpgJonah Moorefield steps into the role as quarterback this season. Charles Leftwich | For The Stokes News

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Seniors Robbie Hennelly and Patrick Branch come off the field after a summer scrimmage.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_South7.jpgSeniors Robbie Hennelly and Patrick Branch come off the field after a summer scrimmage. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

Coach Jonathan Frasher talks with his team after a summer 7-on-7.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_South9.jpgCoach Jonathan Frasher talks with his team after a summer 7-on-7. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

South Stokes 2015 varsity football team.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_SouthTeam.jpgSouth Stokes 2015 varsity football team. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

By Amanda Dodson

adodson@civitasmedia.com

Roster

Adkins, Tyler 12 52 T/DT 6’1 235

Bennett, Sterliing 11 77 T/NG 5’8 280

Bonner, Dre 12 7 WR/C 6’0 170

Branch, Patrick 12 63 C/NG 5’11 235

Carter, Cody 12 21 WR/C 5’8 126

Dutton, Mason 11 25 FB/LB 5’11 200

Everett, Lee 12 79 T/NG 6’3 335

Goodwin, Keelan 12 9 RB/FS 6’4 180

Haliburton, Tre 11 3 WR/C 5’11 125

Hayden, Matt 12 10 WR/FS 5’11 150

Hennelly, Robbie 12 53 G/DE 6’4 240

Hobert, Cody 11 13 FB/OLB 5’8 175

Holland, Zion 11 6 RB/C 6’0 160

Johnson, Hunter 12 61 T/DE 6’0 230

Mikels, Hunter 12 40 FB/LB 5’11 195

Moore, Tanner 11 33 RB/OLB 5’7 170

Moorefield, Jonah 11 5 QB/OLB 6’2 175

Patane, Josh 11 15 QB/OLB 5’9 170

Patane, Matt 12 44 FB/DE 6’0 220

Phillips, Michal 11 20 RB/C 6’1 195

Polifka, Ozzy 12 4 QB/NG 5’8 220

Reynolds, DeShun 11 12 WR/C 5’5 120

Rodriguez, Armando 12 2 WR/C 5’6 140

Smith, Jacob 10 62 G/DE 6’0 230

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