Coach John Donaldson has had his team conditioning, learning plays, and working throughout most of the summer, giving time off when needed to regroup and refresh. Some decisions coaches have to make are more difficult than others. Marianna lost some key players last year with Deontre Rhynes, Werlean Pollock, Jonathan Lombardo, and Cole Maddox all playing at the next level (Maddox signed as a wrestler but was a significant contributor to the football program), Ryley Lipford was lost to graduation and contributed heavily to the Bulldogs 2017-18 season, kicker Len Nobles and Marquis Kelly were contributors.
This year, Donaldson is loaded with talent, to the tune of four vying for quarterback. Brady Donaldson, Ahmad Johnson, Tanner Spooner and Caleb Torbett have all shared time taking snaps the last few weeks. Donaldson says they all provide different looks for the offense and it’s a nice problem to have.
The running back position will be strong with Jeremiah Castro, Jaden Smith, Damon Rolle, and Ben Herman, with all bringing experience to the field from last year. This year’s center is Anthony Sims who replaces three-year starter Jonathan Lombardo. Sims has made great strides in this position and is expected to shine when the lights come on every Friday night. The Bulldogs will have Ben Wiggins and Max Olds and a host of other wide receivers on the field.
Sean Yowell, Anthony Sims, Jacorian Jones, Jacquez Gainer and Dayvon Ferguson will all anchor down the offensive line.
Defensively, Caleb Torbett, Ahmad Johnson and Emman Williams will be the anchors with Lamonte Baker and Jonah Mercer taking care of the tackle positions.
Donaldson is especially pleased with his new kicker, Victor Dubeaux. Dubeaux has been kicking it up on the soccer field and will tee it up on the football field and Donaldson says he has high hopes for this year’s kicking program.