Coach: Tyler Dunigon (first season)
2020 Record: 2-2
Offensive starters returning: 4 (QB Jaxon Cogar, RB Blake Goode, OL Brent Lovings, OL Tyler Sanders)
Defensive starters returning:. 3 (Goode, Lovins, Isaac Price).
Team offensive numbers: Rush – 194.8 Pass – 172.3 Total offense – 367.0 Points per game – 36.8
Defensive ppg: 30.3
Review: In what ended up being a small sample size, sophomore signal caller Jaxon Cogar certainly didn’t disappoint, passing for 699 yards and seven touchdowns, and rushing for 236 and four touchdowns. And he saved his best performance for Wyoming County rival Wyoming East. Cogar threw for 171 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 114 and three more scores.
Alas the season was nearly over at that point. After a 24-day Covid layoff, Westside fell to Nicholas County in overtime, 34-26. The Renegades would not return,
In what was head coach Herbie Halsey’s swan song season, the Renegades had hoped to make a postseason appearance, what with a team busting with 14 seniors but Wyoming County could not get out of the red on the Covid color chart and the Renegades season was done.
Top receivers Daniel Reed (12-286-3 TD), Ethan Blackburn (8-218-3) and Spencer McKinney (9-79-1) all graduated. That trio combined for all but 10 receptions, 18 yards and a touchdown in the receiving game. The leading receiver back is running back Blake Goode, who had five receptions for 37 yards.
Players to watch: Cogar was pacing at 1,790 yards passing and 18 touchdowns and 590 yards rushing for10 touchdowns and Dunigan will be relying on at least numbers close to that. The question is can he find the receivers. Receivers yes, but playmakers like the trio that was lost may be tough to do.
Players who will surprise: Rising sophomore Ashton Reed, a big-bodied receiver Andy Elkins, a rising junior, will get a chance to fill some of the spots vacated by the graduation of all those Westside receivers and given Cogar’s skill in the passing game, they should have plenty of chances to put up big numbers.
Rush: Blake Goode (83-392-6) Pass: Jaxon Cogar 37-70-4-699-7) Receive: Daniel Reed (12-286-3).
Preview: Tyler Dunigon, a city police officer in Oceana, takes over the reins after serving at an assistant at the school.
He loses a lot from last year’s team, but he is buoyed by the fact that his top two playmakers – QB Cogar and RB Goode – are back.
He is hoping he can fill in the spots left by the graduation of just about the entire receiving corps and a good stable of linemen.
With Reed and Elkins on the outside the Renegades should be set there, but Dunigon will go into the fall camp looking for a couple of slot backs.
The Renegades will spend four of the first five weeks on the road, but the longest trip will only be to Oak Hill to take on the Red Devils. The one home game will be against Dunigon’s alma mater, Man.
Then the Renegades head home for four straight games.
Interestingly, there is no off week, meaning that the summer window and flex days mean the Renegades will be in action from July workouts through the end of October.
9-4-20 Mount View 38-6
9-11-20 Greenbrier West 26-49
9-22-20 Wyoming East 57-32
10-16-2 Nicholas 26-34 (OT)
8-27-21 at Wyoming East
9-3-21 at Oak Hill
9-17-21 at PikeView
9-24-21 at Independence
10-1-21 Shady Spring
10-15-21 Nicholas County
10-22-21 Tug Valley
10-29-21 at Mount View
Coaches Quote: – “I’ve been working with the offense since the end of the season because I was preparing to return as the offensive coordinator. We will do some things differently but at this point I don’t really want to get tied down to one scheme.”
Westside coach Tyler Dunigon.