Defensive end Andre Civil is at Rutgers. Running back Ayo Isijola is at Rhode Island. Defensive end Jared Andrews and quarterback/defensive back Joel Bowen are at top junior colleges.
None of those players will be wearing Sheepshead Bay orange this fall, and the Sharks are in full rebuilding mode. Coach Fred Snyder had just one word to describe how things have looked so far this preseason.
“Horrible,” he said.
A disappointing performance in a preseason scrimmage against Curtis wore on Snyder. He said it should serve as a wake-up call.
“We’ve gotta really get it together,” the coach said. “If we come out on the field like we did [versus Curtis] against Fort Hamilton [in Week 1], they’ll kick our butt. Never mind scoring 50 points, they’ll score 100 points.”
The issue isn’t with talent. Sheepshead Bay is a perennial Brooklyn powerhouse and there are almost always good players running through the Sharks’ program. Snyder is more worried about coming together as a unit. He’s looking toward quarterback Deejay White, who backed up Bowen last year, and inside linebacker Kamron Humphrey to provide leadership.
“He’s been good,” Snyder said of White. “I think he’s a good leader. But the rest of the people have to get on board.”
Running back is a major question mark and the Sharks need a solid one to survive in their Wing T offense. Devontai Carli backed up Isijola last year, but Snyder said no one has stepped up at all in the preseason.
“I haven’t seen anything,” the coach said. “Maybe we’ll find somebody by the ninth game.”
Sheepshead, which was upset by Boys & Girls quarterfinals last year, lost so much on defense it’s almost impossible to replace them all. Civil and Andrews were the best one-two punch on the edge in all of New York City. Bowen was a ballhawk at safety, and Isijola played in the secondary.
The Sharks are going to need cornerback Naquan Alexander, a blue-chip track star, and Humphrey to jump start the “D.”Defensive tackle Rashid Armand is someone Snyder will look toward to make plays, and Humphrey will be the unit’s leader.
“He could be somebody we could build around,” Snyder said of Humphrey.
The linebacker said Sheepshead Bay can be every bit as good as it was last year with some team unity.
“We would take over the PSAL,” Humphrey said. “We’re good at everything. We have a lot of skills. “ There are good players still here”
But will it happen? Humphrey thinks so. Snyder is more negative.
“The silver lining,” the coach said, “is maybe it can only go up from here.”
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