And he's going to have plenty of help corralling opposing ball carriers. Fellow senior and linebacker Jared Wheeler just missed the 100-tackle mark last season, racking up 95. And strong safety Kenny Wooldridge (who also is a standout at receiver and handles the punting for the Crusaders) logged 62 stops.
For all the upperclassmen leading the defense, CHA's offense will be piloted by a sophomore. However, Bryant Hodge got a wealth of experience as a freshman. The 5-9, 155-pounder accounted for 1,403 yards of total offense and 11 touchdowns.
The Crusaders are jumping up to 2A from Class A, where they went 5-5 last season. CHA ended the season winning five of its last seven games and closed with a two-game winning streak in which the Crusaders scored a combined 75 points.
District 2A-2 coaches' poll 1. Millwood (12-2) 2. Lexington (8-3) 3. Jones (2-8) 4. Luther (5-6) 5. Christian Heritage (5-5) 6. Northeast (1-9) 7. Crooked Oak (2-8) 2009 record in parentheses