Early Wednesday morning, I checked out the 7v7 session between Forest Hills and Marvin Ridge. The Mavericks were the host, and when I arrived, I discovered that two additional teams were added to the schedule, South Meck and Charlotte Country Day.
What did if I observe? Marvin Ridge consistently churns out talented wide receivers, and this year they have depth and athletic diversity in this group of wideouts. By my count, the Mavericks boast 8-9 receivers that are over six-feet tall.
Rising seniors Aidan Twombley (TE- 6’-4”) and Bryce Kennon (WR- 6’-3”) lead the way in the tall-man category and coming in at 5-foot-10 is the rising junior and team’s leading 2018 receiver, Ian Hutter. Hutter is cut from the Wes Welker- Julian Edelman mold. He’s not afraid to go over the middle, and he’s a defensive secondary’s nightmare after a catch.
The quarterback that will benefit from the talent at receiver is a great young talent himself, Sully McDermott. The rising junior is the prototypical QB, 6-foot-4, 205 pounds. In these 7v7’s players do not pads and let me tell you, McDermott is an imposing figure sans the full gear. I can’t wait to see him in action in 2019.
Forest Hills will have a new quarterback in rising junior, Cannon Davis, this season after the graduation of Jai Rorie. Davis looked sharp on short to medium throws which are important in the Yellow Jacket offense. The Jackets have talent at the wideout position, and they handled themselves well against the 3A and 4A competition they faced on Wednesday morning.
One player on the Jacket’s defensive side of the ball that impressed me was probably one of the shortest players on the field. Demetrius Barnes, a rising sophomore, was batting down passes and all morning. His leaping ability and body control was an eye-opener and one of many players that should excite Yellow Jacket fans in 2019.
Below you will find the video that features the play between the Yellow Jackets and the Mavs. I also added a few clips from their matches against South Meck and Country Day.