Suitland Rams (4A) Football Preview 2017

2017 Schedule
at Great Mills
at Bowie
at Cape Henlopen
vs. Friendly
at Northwestern
vs. Douglass
at Largo
at Charles H. Flowers
vs. Bladensburg
vs. Gwynn Park

Coach: Ed Shields (9)

Last year’s record: 4-6
Returning offensive starters: 6
Returning defensive starters: 5
Likely toughest opponent: Gwynn Park
Offensive strengths: Running backs
Offensive weaknesses: Quarterback inexperience
Defensive strengths: Experience
Defensive weaknesses: Secondary
Offensive Outlook: The Rams lost starting quarterback Karmen Brown, who threw for more than 1,200 yards last season. His favorite targets were Jayshawn Hardy and Mike Gates, but Hardy transferred to National Christian Academy and Gates graduated. Still, Suitland will have a star running back in senior Antwan Squire, who rushed for 948 yards last season. Behind Squire, the Suitland offense was formidable, but had trouble closing the deal in the redzone. With the loss of three key players, the Rams will have to figure out how to bounce back with a new- look offense. With many players de- parting, senior athlete Gregory Young will take on a bigger role his senior year. With his speed, hands and strength, he will be hard to cover and hard to bring down. Sophomore quarterback Jermawn Ford, Jr. has tons of speed, which may result in a lot of play action calls. He can also throw the ball into tight spots and avoid sacks with his quickness. He also is very good at throwing on the run. 

Defensive Outlook: After a rough season defensively, the Rams are looking to regroup and come back with a new strategy. During their 10 games last season, the Rams gave up 37 or more points to four different op- ponents. The entire defense will have to step up in order for the team to have success. Young and junior Ar- mani Wooden are two cornerbacks that will give opposing offenses prob- lems. Young has strength along with speed, which keeps his tackles are on point, and his speed helps him keep up with receivers in coverage. Wood- en has had many defensive touch- downs in his football career due to his excellent coverage skills.

Coach’s Quote: “I feel good about the season. I feel we will get better as we go through the season. I have some 10th graders that started on varsity last season that I am look- ing at to get better.” – Ed Shields

Scouting Report: Suitland’s of- fense has the potential to be one of the best in the county. With weapons like Squire and Young leading the way, the sky is the limit. Squire should have a career year and run for more than 1,000 yards.


Breakaway Potential: Suitland has a tough schedule with games against Cape Henlopen, Douglass, Largo and Flowers before ending the season at home against Gwynn Park. The Rams can prove they can hang with the best in their league by having a successful season. If they can defeat two or three of those tough oppo- nents, they will start to be in the con- versation as one of the better 4A teams in Prince George’s County.


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