The Benedictine is preparing for the defense of the title, the busy week 1 begins on Wednesday

Luke takes over and he’s an equally talented young man. In fact, he’s already signed up to Florida State to play quarterback even though he hasn’t started a game as a quarterback yet, so that’s kind of funny. But it’s going to be exciting to watch. He is 6ft 4in and a big kid and can really throw it. He has the same type of arm as Holden and he can also really move. He can run and is really physical. He played strong safety and receiver for us and he has that type of mentality. Being young, he’s going to make mistakes early on, but we’re ready for that and ready to overcome that. It will be exciting to see him progress.

That’s right, he had 25 catches for you last season at receiver and also 44 tackles in that safe zone. I know his older brother, Mac, was on the team last year and just graduated. Talk about it a bit.

Yes, Mac was one of those key leaders who helped us establish this improvement that we saw and he graduated and went to Massachusetts Maritime Academy to play football and become a river pilot.

Besides quarterback, I know Holden also played for you last season. Will Luke handle the punting like Holden did last year?

No, we have a specialist in Asher Sigman who manages our field goals and extra points, but Luke will be the punter’s replacement. My whole philosophy is that if you’re a quarterback, you can kick, you can hold, and you’re an athlete. They will therefore always be asked to intervene if necessary.

I don’t want to focus too much on last year, but we have to mention Justin Thomas and what he was able to do on the court last season. How does he fit in your mind with the other great players coming to the program?

After all these years, it’s hard to categorize kids, but he’s really, really special, as everyone knows. He’s probably the best to ever do it, just because he could do so many things very, very well. Running the ball, blocking, receiving, returning, defending and everything he did was special.

It looks like the guy you have this year who will be in the spotlight is going to be Zaquan Bryan and he had a big season last year with 95 catches, 1,300 yards and touchdowns.

Yeah, with Zaquan we’re going to put him in that slot role so he can catch and run and also block more and he’ll also contribute in the return game and on defense. He has the same athletic abilities and he’s just very soft and flowy. He’s not as tall as Justin so we’ll have to deal with that, but he’s very tough and going to be exciting to watch.

Defensively, you were talking about being able to be a little more aggressive last year and take more risks and create more turnovers.

Yes, we have lost great players, but we have exceptional guys coming back for us. The top seven are going to have to be a strong point for our football team. We feel really good with our first three and the guys with multiple offers. We are great at nose tackle. At linebacker, we have a lot of guys competing for that role. Bryce Baker is back and he’s going to be really good for us. We moved him to linebacker Sam where Holden Sapp was last season and we’ll see more of his athletic ability.

You mentioned the defensive tackle position with guys like Cole Semien, he had five sacks for you last season as a junior, where do you see him this year in terms of matching that level of production?

It has a great engine. It will be his third year starting and he will have to show it and I have a feeling he will.








Thursday August 18

Hardaway vs. Carver–Columbus

Shaw vs. Marion County

Friday August 19

Bainbridge vs. Cedar Grove

Cairo in the center of Thomas County

Westover to Dougherty







Lawrence of the West

Westside Macon

Thursday August 18

Griffin vs Ola

Friday August 19

Baldwin vs. Peach County

Howard vs. the Southwest

Spalding vs. Eagle’s Landing

Westside-Macon to Central-Macon



Burke County

he is

New Hampstead

South East Bulloch

Wayne County

Thursday August 18

New Hampstead vs. May River

Southeast Bulloch vs. Liberty County

Friday August 19

Benedictine versus Jenkins

Burke County vs. Thomson

Islands vs Calvary Day

Wayne County at the Bradwell Institute


Fayette County


North Clayton


Starr’s Mill

Trinity Christian


Living Water

Thursday August 18

LaGrange at Smith Station (AL)

Friday August 19

Fayette County vs. McIntosh

Trinity Christian vs. Woodward Academy

Harris County Troop






Mount Zion-Jonesboro

rhythm academy



Friday August 19

Hampton to Tri-Cities

Lovett v Westminster

Luella vs Eastside

McDonough at Locust Grove

Woodland-Stockbridge to New Manchester

Saturday August 20

Mount Zion-Jonesboro versus Jonesboro

Pace Academy vs. Holy Innocents

Stockbridge vs. Southwest DeKalb


Charter of Hapeville

Holy Innocents’

Miller Grove

South West DeKalb




Druid Hills

stone mountain

Thursday August 18

Charter Hapeville to Newton

Friday August 19

Miller Grove vs. Tucker

Stone Mountain at Chapel Hill

Westminster to Lovett

Saturday August 20

Holy Innocents vs. Pace Academy

DeKalb South West to Stockbridge

Stephenson vs. Dutchtown





Northwest of Whitfield


south east whitfield

Friday August 19

Cedartown at Rockmart

Central-Carroll vs. Redan

Heritage Catoosa in Ringgold

Northwest of Whitfield to Pepperell

Sonoraville vs. Pickens

Southeast Whitfield to Coosa


cedar benches

Cherokee Bluff


East Forsyth

East Room

Madison County

North Room

North Oconea

walnut grove

Johnson Gainesville


Wednesday August 17

Cherokee Bluff vs. Kell

Thursday August 18

Cedar Benches at Clarke Central

Friday August 19

Chestatee vs. Hebron Christian

East Hall to West Hall

Johnson-Gainesville in Banks County

Madison County to Franklin County

White County North Hall

North Oconee in Oconee County

Seckinger vs. Peachtree Ridge

Walnut Grove in Jasper County