The Boys’ Latin Lakers will make a dramatic shift in 2016, turning from an uptempo offensive juggernaut into a team that will rely on a talented defense to key its success.
Gone is record setting quarterback Logan Wisnauskas, a talented trio of wideouts and All-American kicker/punter Dom Maggio.
Leading the way in 2016 for head coach Ritchie Schell is 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior defensive end Victor Dimukeje, who already has 35 Division 1 scholarship offers, including Maryland, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Indiana, Boston College, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Navy, among others.
Dimukeje is ranked #74 nationally, for the Class of 2017, at his position and is ranked #11 in the East and #3 in MD/DE. He was All-MIAA and All-State last fall and is a BTC Super 22 selection.
On the back end senior defensive back Koby Russell will lead the secondary. Russell, a 2-year starter, had five interceptions last fall, while senior Braden Atkinson, a senior H-Back and 3-year starter, will be the Lakers’ top returning offensive player. Atkinson has already committed to Wake Forest and was also All-MIAA, All-State and BTC Super 22 pick.
“We lost a lot of firepower on offense and an All-American kicker,” said Schell. “Our top three receivers also graduated, so our defense will have to carry us.”
Schell, who has led the Lakers for 16 years, enters 2016 with a career record of 95-54, with an opportunity to reach the 100 win milestone.
2016 BOYS’ LATIN LAKERS
Head Coach: Ritchie Schell
Victor Dimukeje, Sr., 6-2, 250, DE (All-MIAA, All-State, Super 22)
Braden Atkinson, Sr., 6-4, 219, HB (Committed to Wake Forest, 3-Year Starter, All-MIAA, All-State, Super 22)
Brock Sassler, Sr., 6-0, 220, DE/Long Snapper, 2-Year Starter)
Dejuan Felder, Sr., 5-8, 165, RB (2-Year Starter)
Desmond Banks, Sr., 5-8, 170, CB/WR (3-Year Starter)
Alec Blume, Sr., 6-0, 240, OG/DT, (2-Year Starter)
Koby Russell, Sr., 5-8, 160, FS, (2-Year Sarter, 5 interceptions last year)
Rashawn Evans, Jr., 5-8, 160, CB/WR (2-Year Starter)