High School Football

2019 Wissahickon Trojans Football: What to Expect

The last five seasons at Wissahickon High School have consisted of four head coaches and not one season above .500. This is Bruce Flemings second year leading Wissahickon as head coach. Is this the year the Trojans can get back to their winning ways?

Heading into the 2019 season, the Trojans will have a lot of new faces and younger players who need to step up after losing key seniors. 

Notable Losses

  • Maurice Willis (WR)
  • Brian Teague (OL)
  • Tyler Caso (TE)
  • Chirs Smalls (RB)
  • Mark Thompson (OL/DL)

Entering his junior year, quarterback Nick Santo remains a big key to the Trojans success. After a full season as QB1 and a complete offseason under his belt, Santo has been able to get stronger and develop a much deeper chemistry with his receiving corp. In 7 games, Santo threw for 1045 yards, 7 TD, 9 INT, with a 53.4 completion %. 

“We have 8-9 wide receivers that we can rely on and trust,”

Coach Fleming

Seniors Raejon Benjamin, Zhamir Baldwin, and Jaylen Smalls will battle each week for who can get the most carries in the backfield. The three will be replacing last years lead back Chris Smalls, who ran for 616 yards and 7 TD. Coach Fleming said whoever has the “hot hand”, is who the offense will roll with. 

A big part of the issue for Wissahickon the past seasons has been culture and leadership. Entering his second year as head coach, Bruce Fleming made a change. Instead of captains, the Trojans have a leadership council which consists of eight players instead of four, and players in all grades instead of the typical senior captains. 

2019 Leadership Council

  • Jaylen Quick (Soph. WR/DB)
  • Jason Michaels (Soph.WR/DB)
  • Nick Santo (Jr. QB)
  • Michael Fath (Jr. DE)
  • Brandon Gilliard Jr.  (Jr. WR/DB)
  • Tyler Greco (Jr. WR)
  • Shamir Wilson (Jr. OL/DB)
  • Jack Dougherty (Sr. TE/LB)

There is a lot of optimism surrounding the Trojans this year. Another year of experience and an improving culture. When I asked about his years expectations, Coach Fleming said,

“We want to make the playoffs. Playoffs is our goal.”

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