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The vital info
2008 | 2-6
Last playoff appearance | 2006
Coach | Ed Homer (18th year, 60-83-1)
Division | VISAA Division 2
School number | 804-758-2306
Home stadium | Christchurch School
Sept. 12*Virginia Episcopal (6-4)*1
Sept. 17*at St. Christopher's (4-5)*4:30
Sept. 26*at Benedictine (9-1)*1
Oct. 3*Maret (6-3)*2
Oct. 17*at Blue Ridge (3-5)*2:30
Oct. 24*Trinity Episcopal (2-8)*1
Oct. 31*St. Anne's-Belfield (7-4)*1
Nov. 6*at Covenant (5-5)*2:30
Sr. | 6-5 | 270 | TE/DL
Lovell, from Gloucester, is in his second year at Christchurch. He has several Division I offers but hopes to play for the University of Maryland. He was a Division 2 all-state defensive lineman last year.
Sr. | 5-9 | 180 | RB
When starter T.J. Williams was lost for the season with an injury last year, Jones, from Williamsburg, took over at tailback. He'll be back this year. With such a small roster, he'll also play defensive back.
Sr. | 6-0 | 270 | OL/DL
Brackett, second-team all-state on the offensive line last year, can play any of the line positions. Showing more of his versatility, he's the long-snapper and he kicks off.
1. Depth. That's a given at Christchurch, a small boarding school in Middlesex County, Everybody plays both ways. Still, there is talent and Homer says up to 10 players might play in college.
2. Who is the quarterback? Junior Taylor Bird, who has recovered from a broken collarbone, might have the edge, but he'll be pushed by sophomores James Ford and Cade Larabee. One will start at QB, while the other two will play wide receiver.
3. Tough linemen. They're few in numbers, but with seniors David Brackett, Collin Brooke and Josh Lovell, there is size and experience. Brooke will play lacrosse at Quinnipiac, while the other two are solid college prospects. Also in the mix is sophomore Win Homer.
4. Depth in the backfield. The loss of T.J. Williams early last year meant younger players had to develop quickly. Senior Shane Jones, junior Cleveland Battle and sophomore Carlos Gray all played extensively last fall.
5. Newcomers. As always, there are new players. Jeff Williams is a transfer from Group AAA George Washington of Danville. He'll fit in at linebacker, plus will find a spot on offense. Other new sophomores are Pat Young from Peddie School (N.J.) and Pat Ingram and Mac Wood from Charlottesville.
The key to success
The Seahorses struggled to a 2-6 record last year, a season beset with injuries. Injuries are something they must avoid, especially among the small group of key players. A year ago, Christchurch lost RB T.J. Williams early in the season with a broken leg, then Bird broke his shoulder just as he was starting to gain confidence.
The big number
14. That's how many positions where starters return for the Seahorses.
The coach speaks
"The core of our team has played together for some time, and in boarding school, that is very important. The sophomores and juniors on this team have already been in the trenches and are ready to go."