Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Replacing Deondre Baskett is a tough task for Fox Creek High School’s football team.
Baskett, a Limestone College football signee, was the quarterback and played defensive back for the Predators a season ago.
Trying to fill the shoes on offense is rising sophomore Caleb Charlton, a physical runner to head the option attack for Russ Schneider’s squad.
“I don’t think he’s missed a workout since we started in November,” said Schneider, Fox Creek’s head coach. “He’s Dalton (Swires) tough, he’s got that same instinct, that nast about him. His two brothers played for me, and they were nasty, too. He’s nasty with a more level head – he’s aggressive and will look to hit someone instead of trying to avoid them.”
Charlton has used spring practice and the summer to get immersed in new offensive coordinator Mickey Derrick’s scheme.
“He’s smart enough to play the quarterback position for Mickey Derrick, who has worked with him one-on-one,” Schneider said. “He’ll play a little defense for us, but he’s going to be a big asset on the offense. He’s a quiet leader, like Deondre (Baskett) was, he leads with his actions.”
Charlton looks like more of a quarterback, according to Schneider.
“Deondre was more finesse, he ran a lot, and had more experience,” he said. “He was a receiver that we put at quarterback, where as Caleb looks more like a quarterback. He’s one that’s going to look to run more than he will throw. We’re going to run him more, and he’s a bruiser.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Schneider is expecting big things from Bryan Hurt. A rising junior who plays offensive guard, Hurt will be an anchor at defensive tackle for the Predators.
“He was our best lineman last year; he was faster than some of our running backs on the field when he would pull,” Schneider said. “He hasn’t missed a workout and is another quiet leader. He’s committed to the weight room and is very smart in the classroom. I’ve never heard him complain one time and has a motor that won’t quit. If he can get across the ball with the same speed he plays with on offense, he’ll be disrupting a lot of quarterbacks.”
Fox Creek will open its season with the Region I Jamboree held at Ware Shoals on Aug. 14. The first game for the Predators will be on Aug. 22 when Dreher comes to town.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.