Dual threat QB Braxton Ratliff (1,745 yards passing, 762 yards rushing, 37 total TDs) will be the centerpiece of the offense. Gone is ultra versatile playmaker Aroq Colburn (over 1,600 yards from scrimmage and 24 total TDs). He led the Tomcats in rushing and receiving. RB Blake Hester (773 yards rushing, 6 TDs) and WR Isaac Caines (473 yards receiving, 6 TDs) will have to step into leading roles next season. I'm not sure what their personnel ended up looking like on the OL last year, but John Stone is the only returning starter that I'm certain of.
Junior Jones returns to anchor the D-line. They'll have to replace big hitting Marcus Daniels at MLB and Vance Krueger on the outside. Colburn leaves big shoes to fill in the secondary. Hester and Caines should pull double duty on the back end.
Same story, different year. The path to a deep post-season run goes through Johnson Central. Ashland was able to usurp the district crown from JC last season, but couldn't get it done when it mattered most. It'll be a tall order to conquer the Golden Eagles in 2018. Ashland showed it wasn't intimidated last year, and any team with the arm and legs of Braxton Ratliff always has a chance to win anytime they step on the field.