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JV Devils wrap up undefeated season

If the junior varsity season is any indicator of the future for the UCHS football program, Blue Nation better be ready for some smash mouth football for the years to come.
The JV Devils (4-0) wrapped up a shortened season due to injuries at the varsity level, but the Devils were able to secure a perfect season against formidable talent from teams around the area.
“I thought the JV season went very well for us,” coach Jerad Huskins explained. “We had to cancel some games due to injury. I hated to do that but most of our junior varsity guys were starting while playing on Friday nights.”
The undefeated record was thanks in part to a potent offense commanded by sophomore signal-caller Lucas Hensley, brother of varsity quarterback, Austin Hensley.
“He got real comfortable in the pocket and just running the offense basically,” Huskins said about the youngest of the Hensleys on the team. “(Lucas) made some real strides at the quarterback position for us.”
Offensively, weapons were in abundance for the JV Devils.
“Thomas Tipton really developed into a good wide-out and it actually earned him varsity reps before the injury bug bit us,” Huskins said about the sophomore wide receiver. “(Will) Shelton really came along as well for being just a freshman. (Luke) Fronckoski really developed to be a quality running back for us and his future is looking bright and Ty (Adkins) was just all over the field able to make plays for us, offensively, defensively and on special teams.”
“We just had a great group of kids playing for us and some were splitting time on varsity and JV. Tommy Frazier started varsity and JV, along with Hunter Burnett and Brodhi Bradford. The young kids made some tremendous strides for the squad during the season, and at the varsity level.”
Experience is key when rebuilding a program and the ground work is in place for a bright future for the Devils football program.
“With a bunch of the kids getting varsity experience, it really builds up the confidence going into next season,” Huskins said. “Being able to go out there without the butterflies of playing on varsity is a problem most of these kids won’t have.
“(Phillip) Franklin, (currently a sophomore), will be a three-year starter along with a majority of the sophomores on the defensive side of the ball and we’ll have three junior linemen next year … the future should be a special thing to see.”
Huskins, who is in the third year of his head coaching career at UCHS, spoke about the importance of having the right kids in the system.
“We’re at a point of having the kids we want in the system and they’re making improvements daily,” he said. “We’re about quality not quantity and it’s starting to show.”
The JV season was also a builder for the kids due to how the football team was able to win certain games, as Huskins explained.
“The kids were able to learn a lot but the biggest thing had to be how to close games. They were in some games where it would come down to the final touchdown to win and they’d find a way to dig deep and pull out a win. They were also in some games where they won by multiple touchdowns so they were able to get a taste of what it takes to win.”