Revamped offensive scheme gains attention


School is back in session, which means every Friday night, the Caps football team will be suiting up to compete against other squads in our region. Billy Lane will enter his third year calling the shots from the sidelines as head coach.

  “I think Broughton players should look to improve on what was a subpar season last year,” said sophomore Abby Manring.


  Finishing last year with a sole win against Cary 44-14, the football program has achieved a .100 winning percentage over the last two seasons.


  This year, as a spectator on Friday nights, an entirely new offensive scheme can be expected from the Caps. This season, the Capital attack will take place primarily on the ground, instead of in the air. Last season Broughton relied heavily on passing the ball on the majority of drives because of reliable receivers.

“We run the ball well. Even in spite of the penalties, in spite of the plays we have taken off of the board, I think our kids believe in the scheme. I think they understand that the scheme has the answers.” Lane said.

  Unfortunately, penalties and self-inflicted mistakes have plagued the Caps early this season. The team is finishing up their non-conference tour with losses, some in the final minutes to Apex, Cary, Eastern Guilford, and Cardinal Gibbons.

“I think our conference is going to be strong. But I think a lot of teams are like us, trying to find their way right now, and I think the conference is wide open” Lane said regarding Cap 8 play.

Many players have stepped up to fill the shoes of a talented senior class that graduated last year. Shakell Wilson has stepped up especially on defense as a free safety, averaging 3.4 tackles per game. Wide receiver and defensive end Sherrod McKoy has emerged as the face of Capital football. Coach Dorrian Stephens agrees that his top tier athleticism combined with raw talent has been a marvelous thing to watch this season. Mckoy leads the team in total receptions, yards accounted for and touchdowns(3). He is able to rise above defenders to haul in passes, and easily outruns anyone in his way to getting the ball. .Finally Stephen McGowan leads Broughton in rushing yards as the explosive tailback, for he leads the team in rushing yards.

        The Caps remaining schedule includes home games against Wake Forest,    Millbrook, Wakefield, and Enloe.