Eagles hope to rely on speed
by Lori Tippets
The Jacksonville Golden Eagles, who won the area title last year, are looking to change their offense to a spread offense to take advantage of their smaller size and speed.

“We have a lot of small guys and are a small team so we will try to spred the floor,” said head coach Anthony Kingston.

The Eagles lost six seniors to graduation last year and are looking to senior Des Curry to be the leader this year. “Des has been here working while the other guys were playing football,” said Kinston.

“Des will probably bring down the ball.”

Kingston said he is looking for his four seniors, Curry, Andrew Clingan, Jared Tippets and Martavius Brisker to be the leaders on the court.

“I told my seniors, this is all your team. I’m just here being a facilitator,” said Kingston. “It will all start with the seniors and their work ethic will trickle down to the younger guys.”

Curry and Clingan have been playing for the Golden Eagles the longest. Senior Jared Tippets is back after taking a couple of years off of basketball and Brisker moved into the Jakcosnville area this summer.

Kingston says that all of his players are very versatile. “They will play basketball they way I like,” said Kingston, “up-tempo, pressuring, in your face ball.”

Playing all out with the spred offense Kingston says none of his players will be able to go 32 minutes but he has a deep bench. The team is still waiting for the return of several players who were injured in football.

“This is the most intelligent team I’ve had,” reports Kingston. “They know the little things matter. I only have to say things to them one time.

“I don’t have to worry about anyone and their grades. They are all well behaved in the classroom.

I’m excited about all of them. We have the pieces to do something really special this year.”

Besides the four seniors, Kingston carries five juniors on his team; Jackson Bell, Miles Clark, Dakota Doss Lavontae LaCount and Dominique Thomas.

Also playing for the Eagles are sophomores Elijah Cunningham, Savon Parker and Sid Thurmond.

The Eagles will open their season on Friday at Etowah.
© 2012