Chaminade held an intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night, and one of the standouts was sophomore running back Andrew Van Buren, the MVP of the JV team last season.
At 5 feet 11, 190 pounds, Van Buren is going to run over his share of defenders this season. With him and sophomore T.J. Pledger, the Eagles have a young duo that will be hard to duplicate at running back. Now if only the Eagles' young offensive line can come through.
The big surprise was the play of senior quarterback Tommy Costello, headed to Washington on a baseball scholarship. The left-handed pitcher was firing quick passes, something critical to the Eagles' offense being successful. His development could help move Dymond Lee to receiver. Lee also played quarterback and offers the opportunity to use the option game.
Isaiah Thomas was impressive as a receiver and defensive back. And watch out for sophomore linebacker Reggie Hughes. He's a star in the making and a rocket on the field (he was a member of the 400-meter relay team).
Chaminade faces Narbonne next Thursday in a scrimmage at Chaminade. That should be a good test to see how the Eagles can handle a little speed.