Ringgold hopes to maintain consistency despite graduation losses
By Bill Hughes
Published: Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, 8:26 p.m.
During his first two years as the coach at Ringgold, Matt Humbert has led the Rams to a combined 17-4 record, including a 13-1 mark in conference play.
Considering the program's losses to graduation, including several key players from last year's team that advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals, it would be safe to assume that Humbert and his staff are in a rebuilding mode.
But that couldn't be farther from the truth.
“The nice thing is we have 22 seniors and that is a good luxury to have coming back,” Humbert said. “We lost talent, but we have a lot back.”
Leading the returning group will be a pair of skilled seniors — running back Demetrius Louis and jack-of-all-trades athlete Joey Wall.
“They are two of the best athletes in the conference,” Humbert said. “Demetrius is a Division I athlete, and Joey will play all over the field.”
Humbert said the line will be solid and strong on both sides of the ball, with the offensive line protecting the two quarterbacks who will step in for graduate Quad Law, who led the team in passing and rushing in 2011.
Senior Chris Spahr saw time last year, and Quad's younger brother, sophomore Niko Law, is also in the running.
“We have two quarterbacks, and I can't deem a starter,” Humbert said. “We are lucky to have two and both will see time. They both have great qualities that offset each other.”
The Rams will play in the Big 9 Conference this year, which is a combination of the former Keystone and Big Eight conferences.
“I view us as one of the top three teams in the conference, and we have a lot of kids that have bought in and sold out,” Humbert said.
“Our numbers during the summer haven't dipped below 50. We may have lost a few key guys and some role players who were leaders last year, but it is just a matter of what kids will fit into which positions.”
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