Rebuilding: Bobcats working to replace 16 seniors

BETSY LAYNE – Betsy Layne faces one of the toughest tasks of any area high school football program. The Bobcats must replace 16 seniors from the 2014 season.

“We lost 16 seniors,” Betsy Layne Coach Jonathan Parsons confirmed. “This will be a rebuilding year, but we have some great numbers in our eighth grade and sophomores classes.”

Betsy Layne returns three starting linemen – Kane Tackett, Zack Patrick and Tyler Collins.

Skill players expected to lead Betsy Layne are Jordan Kendrick (QB/S), Nathan Collum (RB/S) and Morgan Tackett (WR/LB).

Mason Swiger (TE/LB), Kyle Watkins (WR/CB) and Lance Hall (TE/DL) are top newcomers for the Bobcats.

Betsy Layne must replace quarterback Peyton Case, an outstanding performer who could be the program’s top all-time player.

As a senior in 2014, Case completed 146 of 257 passes for 2,493 yards and 29 touchdowns with four interceptions. Case also excelled on the ground, rushing 123 times for 1,007 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Defensively, Case posted 61 total tackles and two interceptions during his senior campaign.

As a junior in 2013, Case, then a receiver, hauled in 48 receptions for 1,012 yards and 13 touchdowns and posted 71 tackles on the defensive side.

Betsy Layne also lost leading rusher and tackler Jonathan Brock (1,045 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, 78 tackles) to graduation.

Several Betsy Layne players will look to deliver early in the upcoming season.

“I think we could be very dangerous,” Parsons added. “We’ve been lifting since December and will look to make some of these young guys grow up quick.”

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