The Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School football offense plans to look different when it takes the field in September, but that's only in part because of all the new faces in the starting lineup.
Coming off a 4-6 season, the Barons brought in a new offensive coordinator Corey Harris and expanded their playbook to boost the scoring of a team that averaged 16.2 points per game.
“At times I think we were a little bit too predictable,” second-year coach Josh Singer said. “... We relied very much on Nana [Yaw Amankwah-Ayeh] and Steven [Kelly] and with those guys graduating, we're understanding a need to distribute the ball a little bit more equitably on offense.”
Improving the offense won't be an easy task; top receiver Kelly (All-Gazette second team), running back Yaw Amankwah-Ayeh (1,136 yards, honorable mention) and starting quarterback Jack Hanifee were all seniors last season.
Rising junior Ryan Dimmick, a part-time varsity player last year, will be tasked with leading the new offense as the starting quarterback. To prepare, he said he has been studying the playbook one to two hours per day.
“[The playbook] is pretty long,” Dimmick said. “... Sometimes [I study] alone at my house, sometimes with other people. Just getting together looking to the playbook and working with the receivers.”
Offensive lineman Jackson Price said that Dimmick has made significant improvements over the past few months.
“He's really getting the hang of reading which receivers are open,” Jackson Price said. “... It's a big spot and he's stepping up to the plate.”
Senior Ford Price, a team captain last season and the twin brother of Jackson Price, played linebacker and slot fullback last season but anticipates having more receptions this season as the team moves away from the run-heavy offense.
“The problem with our offense last year was that our formations were the same every play. We lacked variation in our run design,” Ford Price said. “... [What we] have this year is immensely better than we [had] last year.”
Rich Noland (23-19) coached Bethesda-Chevy Chase from 2009-12, finishing with winning records in three out of four seasons. Singer is looking to get the Barons back above .500 in his second year as coach.
“This is a team that looks to improve upon what we did last year,” Singer said.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase's first game is scheduled for Sept. 5 at Winston Churchill. The Barons won 25-15 in last year's meeting.
“I'm looking forward to seeing all the hard work pay off. Since January there's been a big push,” Dimmick said. “... I think everyone is excited and maybe a little bit anxious to see the hard work pay off when we put on the real pads.”