Newarkcatholicfan, I know both young men and their team:
Jeffrey House is a 5'10" 165 lb. SR. RB/S. ("The Human Highlight Video") House is an outstanding RB, he fast and very elusive. Jeff has been a starter for Waggener, since his freshman year. Jeff is a special athlete, who had some spectacular runs last season. He is also a good defensive player at safety. He has great football insticts and knows how to play the game.
Daniel McDonald is a 6'3" 190 lb. SR. QB. He has a strong arm and he is an accurate passer. He has become much more mobile, as he has matured. McDonald's best attributes, are his toughness, intelligence, and his leadership.
**McDonald suffered a season ending injury to his throwing arm, in the first scrimmage of his sophomore year. Last season, he aggravated the injury in practice the week of the South Oldham game. He struggled with the injury early in the season, before putting up some big numbers in the last 7 games leading Waggener to 5 wins, in those 7 games, with a close loss at Central**
Colleges have shown interest in House and McDonald. I am confident that they will both find a place to play at the next level.
Both House and McDonald had a great summer in 7-7. They will certainly benefit from Coach Willie Foster's spread-offense, which is about 60-40 pass/run.
The BIG question, again this season, will be Waggener's O-Line. Their O-Line was young and VERY inexperienced last season. It struggled, but started to show improvement midway through the season. The O-Line players have worked hard in the weight room and have matured. They should be better prepared this season.
In Waggener's defense, that 5-6 record, which with some very close losses to North Bullitt, Central, and Providence, could have been an 8-3 or 7-4. Waggener was a team in transition, under first year HC Willie Foster. Some players, especially the Seniors, showed some immaturity and lack of leadership, adjusting to a new HC and system. That shouldn't be the case with this year's Senior class, which is very talented. In addition to House and McDonald they will have: Brandon Smith, a tough 5"10" 180 lb. SR. LB/FB; Trevor Moore, a speedy 5'9" SR. WR/PK; Josh Morris, a talented 6'1" 200 lb. SR LB/RB; and Derrick Ellery, an ALL-District 5'9" 150 lb. SR. DB/KR; and a MUCH improved Aaron Stallard, a 5'11 260 lb SR. OL.
With an improved O-Line, and Senior leadership, Waggener should improve on last year's season, and compete for the top spot, of a very tough 3-A district.