“It’s time to show what we can do,” says 3rd-year football coach Flint Carman-Ainsworth
FLINT — Carman-Ainsworth football coach Dajuan Massey has spent two years installing new schemes and systems since joining the Cavaliers from New Lothrop.
Now he feels the Cavaliers are ready to take the next step to restore success to a program that made the playoffs six times in seven years from 2011 to 2017.
“Right now we’re way further ahead of what we were the first two years,” Massey said during a recent football media day at Flint Farmers Market.
“We have 13 seniors. Most of them have been players for three years since I’ve been there. They understand what we are doing and what we are trying to do.
“It’s time to go show what we can do.”
The Cavaliers’ strength this season will likely be on the defensive end of the ball, where they have seven returning starters.
That group includes senior Nayvn Fearless, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound winger; lead linebacker Devlin Bizzle (5-7, 185); senior safety Terrance Wallace (6-1,205); senior tackle Kamarion Guy; and sophomore lineman Duron Harden (6-4, 280).
“We’re very excited about this band,” Massey said.
Fearless made the All-Saginaw Valley League first team last season, while Bizzle and Wallace were second-team selections.
Offensively, the Cavaliers will be led by senior quarterback Nigell Johnson (6-0, 175). Last season, he had 1,422 total yards and 15 touchdowns for a team that finished 2-7.
He finished third in the SVL with 1,345 passing yards on 86 of 195 passing. He threw for 12 touchdowns and rushed for three more.
“I think I’m going to get 3,000 yards this season,” Johnson predicted. “I love being in the spotlight.”
The Cavs offense took a beating when Jayden Coulter and Christian Ellison graduated while Timothy Ormond II transferred to prep school.
Coulter was second in the SVL with 907 rushing yards and nine touchdowns last season, Ellison had 489 receiving yards and Ormond caught the SVL’s best six touchdown passes.
Still, Massey expects the Cavs to be strong offensively.
“We will always be scattered,” he said. “I won’t say too much but we will be balanced. But more explosive in one area… the passing game.
Carman-Ainsworth opens the season on August 25 against Kearsley in the Vehicle City Gridiron Classic at Atwood Stadium.
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