Friday night the Houston County Bears begin region play against Lee County in Leesburg. Through the first six games of the season, Bears fans have become familiar with names like Fromm, Colbert, Watson and McCullough. All of the aforementioned players are legitimate leaders who have made great contributions during this season as well as in their careers at Houston. Certainly these guys are mission critical to the team’s continued success, but there are some lesser known names which will need to become household for the black and silver to succeed in the challenging Region 1-AAAAAA. Let’s take a look at four that will matter in the next four.
Kimar Robinson – Wide Receiver – Robinson is currently fifth in receptions with 21 catches for 239 yards and only 1 TD. Statistically these numbers may not impress but some of the senior’s receptions have been huge in maintaining possessions. As teams search for a way to stop the outside threat of Eli Watson and Amari Colbert, look for the shifty Robinson to have ample opportunity to increase his 11-yard per catch average.
John David Ferraris – Place Kicker – John David has had plenty of experience kicking points after touchdowns for the Bears. In fact, 31 of his points scored have come by virtue of the PAT. He has taken full advantage of the limited field goal opportunities going 2 for 2 for the season with a long of 36 yards. “Ive gotten a lot of reps on extra points,” Ferraris said. “I have been told by many people that most of these games are gonna come down by a few points. Every point is gonna count by me and all the offensive guys.”
Tylon Chambers – TE, Defensive Tackle, Blocking back – Chambers was injured early in the season but has healed and become a contributor in several positions for Houston County. The 6′ 2″, 260 lb, freshman has the size and quickness to help the Bears on offense and defense. He also has good hands with three catches this year from the tight end position. When teamed with fellow tight end Chandler Ring, Chambers gives the Bears the ability to operate efficiently from a two tight set.
Ed Devellerez – Middle Linebacker – Please feel free to join the club if you can’t pronounce the last name. The Bears version of Tommy Nobis (ancient but accurate reference, younger readers apply Google here), Devellerez was in the battle for the starting position in preseason. The junior has made the most of playing time and is currently fourth on the team in tackles with 22. Look for his name to continue to be called often during region play. It’s hard to measure heart on a weigh scale. The over achieving Devellerez plays with the heart of a champion.
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