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New Beginnings: A 2023 Football Season Preview of The Woodstock Wolverines

Introduction: The Woodstock Wolverines High School football team is eager to turn the page and leave behind a winless season. With a 0-10 record last year, the team faced significant challenges. However, under the guidance of a new coaching staff, including head coach Dan Devine and offensive coordinator Justin Pearce, the Wolverines are poised for a fresh start and a renewed sense of determination.


New Coaching Staff: The Wolverines have undergone a significant coaching overhaul, bringing in Dan Devine, a former defensive coordinator at Etowah and West Forsyth, who will take the helm as head coach. Devine's track record includes leading North Springs to their first winning season and playoff appearance in 2016; their first since 1998. His leadership and expertise will be instrumental in revitalizing the Wolverines' program.

Justin Pearce, the new offensive coordinator, joins Woodstock after serving as the OC at Cherokee from 2017 to 2021. With his offensive acumen and experience, Pearce will be pivotal in implementing a new offensive gameplan.


Position players and key contributors: At the quarterback position, the Wolverines face a question mark as no clear choice has emerged from an outsider's perspective. Coach Pearce will also serve as the Quarterback Coach, so expect him to pick the starter based on his new scheme.


In the backfield, Woodstock will rely on Isaiah Peyton and Sharod Elly to carry the running game. Peyton, with 187 yards and one touchdown on 53 carries, brings experience and versatility to the offense. Elly, with 128 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries, adds depth and playmaking ability to the running back rotation.


Athlete Drew Burmeister is expected to make an impact on both sides of the ball. With 96 tackles, three tackles for loss, 13 receptions for 240 yards, and one receiving touchdown, Burmeister's versatility and playmaking ability will be vital for the Wolverines' success.

Luke Renninger leads the receiving corps with 12 receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns. His reliable hands and ability to make contested catches make him a valuable target for the Wolverines' passing game.


On the offensive line, the departure of Tyler Douthit poses a challenge. Cameron Lavette and Tate Washington will be relied upon to anchor the line and provide stability in the trenches.


Defensively, Woodstock's linebacker corps will feature a predominantly new group this season. The team will miss the contributions of Carson Gray. Drew Burmeister is expected to step up and make his presence felt at middle linebacker.


In the secondary, the Wolverines boast an athletic group led by Elijah Cofer. Their coverage skills and ability to create turnovers will be crucial in disrupting opposing passing attacks.


On the defensive line, Tate Washington, who played both ways last season, will be interesting to watch as the coaching staff determines how to utilize his skills effectively. Whether he will continue playing on both the offensive and defensive lines remains to be seen.


Outlook: With a new coaching staff and a fresh approach, the Woodstock Wolverines are positioned for a fresh start. The team's winless season from last year serves as motivation to turn things around and build a more competitive program.

The coaching expertise of Dan Devine and Justin Pearce, combined with the young and hungry players, will be instrumental in the Wolverines' quest for success. While challenges exist, including the uncertainty at the quarterback position and the need to fill key positions, the team's collective determination and hard work will drive them forward.


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