Boys Varsity Football · RTD JRHS Football Preview, published 2/24/21…

James River

Coach: James Riley III

Offense: The Rapids return a lot of starters and aim to increase production (scored more than 20 points once last season) in their option-based attack. Junior quarterback Colby Scioscia (5-11, 195) will be one of the key components. Backs Anthony Scrivener and D.J. Logan are seniors. Scioscia’s passing targets will be junior Chris Seward, senior Gavin Morris and junior Jackson Rowe. The line of Myles Austin (5-8, 255), Aaron Turnage (6-1, 285), Elijah Mayo (6-1, 240), William Dixon (6-2, 245) and Jaellen Rose (5-11, 230) are all juniors.

Defense: James River gave up at least 24 points in seven games last season, so an experienced group will try to trim that down. Riley expects his front wall of junior Charlie Cavallaro and seniors Colson Weaver, Daimond Westbrook and Rose to be improved. Senior linebacker Ben Wallace is back, joined by senior Wilson Gilliam. The secondary has four returnees – senior Tim Galolo, senior Justin Logan, junior Griffin Newsome and junior Grady Pereira – along with junior Chris Seward.

>> Given the number of starters returning, improvement would be expected in Riley’s second season. They’ll have to narrow the scoring gap on both sides of the ball. Of the six teams on this year’s schedule, James River was only within one score of L.C. Bird (14-7) last season.