The Coolidge Colts football team comes into the season hoping to make some noise in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Stripes division.
“We’re a very young team,” Colts coach Roderick Moore said. “We have some very talented skill positions. In the Stripes division, we will make a deep challenge run with a full seven-game conference schedule. I look for us to be right in the mix.”
While Coolidge’s campus undergoes a major modernization that kicked off Sept. 1, the Colts’ football team is going through its own revamp.
“Welcome to the next episode: That’s what we are calling this season as we break ground at Coolidge,” said Moore.
The stars of the new era are all very young. On offense, Moore plans to push the tempo and throw a slew of formations to try to confound opposing defenses.
“There’s going to be a lot of movement,” the coach said. “We will run a multiple set offense. We believe that at this level, if you are making young people think and they aren’t adequately prepared — use it to our advantage. We aren’t large and want to get guys out in space.”
The offense will be run by a pair of quarterbacks who will split snaps.
“We are young at quarterback,” said Moore. “We have two young quarterbacks who will grow with us. When we open the new building, we will bring the roar back to Coolidge.”
The Colts’ signal callers will have tight end Walter Morton as one of their top targets.
“Without giving away everything, it would be safe to say it will be no-huddle, spread and wildcat,” said Moore.
Meanwhile, on defense the team will rely on linebacker Taejuan Harris to lead the way.
“He is a junior,” said Moore. “He will be one of our anchors at linebacker. I’m looking for a really big year with him. He brings an old-school football mentality. “
Harris and several Colts had a chance to learn from some NFL players last month when the Cincinnati Bengals played the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Harris was one of the Coolidge players who got to chat with professionals about the gridiron.
“We have developed a partnership with the NFL and work with the Redskins Charitable Foundation to get some of our young men out there,” Moore said.
While the Colts find their footing, Moore is expecting a tantalizing brand of football from his Coolidge team.
“We should see some exciting things here,” said Moore. “They are good young men and they like each other. It makes it enjoyable.”
The Colts were supposed to open their season on Sept. 1 against Baltimore-area school Bluford Jemison, but the Maryland school had to reschedule. Coolidge instead battled Dunbar, a DCIAA Stars team, to open the year on Friday night.