When the new state football classifications came out earlier this week, the results were met with mixed reactions.
At Dr. Krop High, head coach Tom Caporale and his Lightning were thrilled with the opportunity to get back and have a chance to compete for a district title and become eligible for a state playoff.
While very few teams had the opportunity to play a full season in 2020 because of the ongoing pandemic, at least this program, had the GMAC Independent Championship to play for once again – after winning in 2019.
By being independent the past few years, it gave this program – like so many others – the opportunity to grow and get the interest back in football. Mission accomplished.
What is happening at Dr. Krop is athletes are learning and getting plenty of recognition from college coaches. Remember, before he took over the job, Coach Caporale was at the collegiate level – and that is a huge advantage, especially during this pandemic.
THE STAKES WILL BE HIGH IN 2021
With every game counting toward a state playoff run, 2021 will indeed be a year that this program has been looking forward to – and it starts this spring.
There are a number of 2022 (rising senior) prospects who have already turned heads:
Jayden Haynes, DE/OLB, 6-2, 255. This is a physical prospect with a high IQ. Tremendous size and is a disciplined leader. Had 6 sacks and 14 tackles for loss and total 55 tackles on the season.
Schneider Pierre, DE, 6-2 235. Had an outstanding junior year with 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. Very explosive and a true technician and a student of the game. Tough and unselfish - a leader on the team.
Jackson Sagesse, OL/DL, 6-1, 305. Here is a big and strong athlete who has worked extremely hard to get his weight down and become the prospect that any felt he could be. He is definitely primed for a great senior year on both sides of the ball.
Julius Weaver, DT, 6-0, 300. When it comes to work ethic and strength, this young man is certainly a blueprint for younger athletes to follow. Very explosiveness, strong hips and the ability to be disruptive in the backfield and create penetration. Finished the year with 6 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. Outstanding heavyweight wrestler, who advanced to the state championships this season.
UNDERCLASSMEN LOOK TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
As the program will continue to add more players in the spring, the talented underclassmen are ready to make a major contribution to this program. Here are two athletes (2023 and 2024) who figure to be prospects to watch.
2023 - Shai Momplesiair, LB, 5-11, 185. After a tremendous sophomore season, here is a natural and explosive linebacker, who has the chance to be very special. A two-sport standout, who also runs track (4x1 100 meters and sprints). On the field, he came up with an impressive eight sacks and 13 tackles for loss. He finished with 52 total tackles.
2024 -R.J. Adam III, RB, 5-11, 190. Having younger athletes step up is always something that coaches look for. Here is someone with great size and a bright future as the next impressive running back. Also a member of the track program, which is essential in improving all the way around.
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