STADIUM: John Adcock Stadium, 9401 North Blvd. CLASS-DISTRICT: 6A-8 (with Armwood, Blake, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Leto, Lennard, and Robinson) COACH: Cam Jones (first season) LAST SEASON: 4-6
Linebackers lead way for Chiefs
Two of Chamberlain's biggest leaders stand next to each other in the Chiefs' linebacking corps.
Coach Cam Jones said seniors Michael Rivera and Anthony Davis are not only garnering the most college interest, but also keys to the squad's success this season.
“They're both soft spoken, but they're guys who are going to run and hit,” Jones said. “They're more leaders by example. Mike is growing more into a vocal leader, and it's exciting to see them grow as leaders as they continue to develop as athletes.”
The duo racked up 88 tackles and 10 sacks in 2012, and both said they've been putting in the effort to take their games to another level for their final high school season.
Discipline is front and center with everything Chamberlain does.
“Coach Jones has kind of OCD, but in a good way,” Rivera said. “He wants everything done right and first class. I mean everything. If the dumbbells are not all facing the same way he doesn't like that.”
Jones said that mentality isn't just for show.
“That attention to detail and discipline are big things for me and are huge for a successful football team,” Jones said
Chamberlain lost its most explosive playmaker in running back Xavier Johnson to graduation following his 763-yard, 10-touchdown season.
The Chiefs' returning players combined career stats don't add up to Johnson's senior campaign, but Rivera sees potential in the backfield.
“I think our offense is pretty explosive with guys like Dakarai Highsmith, Nick McNeal, Anthony Davis and a lot of other guys who can get the job done,” Rivera said.
Chamberlain threw the ball only 30 times last season, which accounted for less than 12 percent of its play selection in a run-heavy read-option offense.
“Last year I can't even say we were efficient passing the ball because we hardly ever passed the ball,” Jones said. “I definitely want to be more balanced to keep teams accountable.”
Jones has several options as he looks for a quarterback to run that more balanced attack.
“Josh Bennett is a senior who can do it, but with his athleticism he's probably more valuable on defense for us,” Jones said. “Our junior quarterback, Seth Jordan, is a little banged up right now, and then a freshman named Reggie Wester has gotten a lot of the reps.”