MEADOW BRIDGE Wildcats
Coach: Dwayne Reichard (sixth season, 19-29)
2020 Record: 4-4
Offensive starters returning: 7 (QB Dustin Adkins, WR James McClure, WR Rian Cooper, OL Levi Lester, OL Caidan Conner, OL Cameron White (first six), Ty Roles (final two),
Defensive starters returning: 6 (DL Ty Roles, DL Caidan Conner, LB Levi Lester, OLB James McClure, OLB Landon James, DB Rian Cooper, SS Conner Mullins.
Team offensive numbers: Rush – 143.4 Pass -161.8 Total offense – 305.1. Points per game – 32.5
Defensive ppg: 25.4
It was an up and down season for the Wildcats, which shows in he scores, which carried on the extremes. Meadow Bridge twice scored over 60 points (68-22 win vs. Webster County and 64-14 win vs. Montcalm) and a 21-2 loss to Midland Trail.
A lot of that has to do with opponents.
One consistent for Meadow Bridge was the play of junior quarterback Dustin Adkins, who threw for over 100 yards in seven of eight game – that alone is an eye opener of long time followers of the once run-happy program – and twice went over 200. That includes a school-record 285 yards and six touchdowns against Van (40-14 win) and 261 against Gilmer (52-20 loss). Adkins threw 15 of his 17 touchdowns over the final five games with at least two in each and threw for 1,262 yards (157.8 per game).
He had a pair of reliable senior pass catchers in Ayden Redden (38-523-9) and Tyler Martin 437-7)
After not starting the season until Oct. 2 due to the pandemic, Meadow Bridge was able to get in eight games over a 37-day stretch.
Players to watch: Adkins is primed to have a big season as he returns as a senior. Also, Levi Lester might be one of the smaller lineman in the area, if not the state, a 5-6, 155 pounds but Reichard called him “maybe the most undersized lineman anywhere but his is solid.”
Players who will surprise: Because of the graduation of its top two receivers, the opportunities for receivers like Rian Cooper and and James McClure are going to increase, putting them in position to put up some loft numbers.
Rush: Hunter Claypool 95-497-8; Pass: 103-166-3-1,262-17; Receive: Ayden Redden 38-523-9
Preview: Reichard has consistently improved his team over his tenure after replacing legendary long-time coach Larry McClintic. Reichard, going into his sixth season at his alma mater, has gone from 1-9 to a 6-4 mark in 2019. The Wildcats look to be equipped to make a run back to the playoffs.
With quarterback Dustin Adkins returning off his big junior campaign, the Wildcats will again be able to air it out, as Reichard continues to work around the players he has in the fold.
Despite losing two of its top pass catchers, Wildcats return to pair of reliable receivers in James McClure and Rian Cooper. They will have to replace RB Hunter Claypool.
The Wildcats also most replace Logan Hatfield, one of the top Class A linemen in the area but return three full time starters (Levi Lester, Caiden Conner, Cameron White).
Also the Wildcats have seven players in defense including both outside linebackers (McClure and Landon James).
10-2-20 Midland Trail 2-21
10-9-20 Webster County 68-22
10-16-20 Summers County 18-20
10-20-20 Van 40-14
10-23-20 Montcalm 64-14
10-30-20 Nicholas County 14-46
11-3-20 Philip Barbour 34-14
11-6-20 Gilmer County 20-52
9-3-21 at Richwood
9-10-21 at Midland Trail
9-17-21 at James Monroe
10-1-21 Greenbrier West
10-8-21 Webster County
10-15-21 at Summers County
10-22-21 at Montcalm
11-5-21 Gilmer County
Coaches Quote: – “As we head into the summer we are returning a solid nucleus of players that we feel will hit the ground running. There’s a lot of experience and we will continue getting better with each rep.”
- Coach Dwayne Reichard