This summer, BoCoPreps.com will take an early look at each area football team ahead of the fall season and in this installment, we look at the Prospect Ridge Academy Miners.
Being a small fish in a large pond is never easy, but Prospect Ridge Academy finally has a farm system in the making on the football field.
In Class 1A last year, the Miners struggled to hit the ground running as they finished with a 1-8 record throughout their slate. This year, they’ll bring back some talent after saying goodbye to eight seniors, but will soon do so with another team to back them up.
The team has finally garnered enough interest from athletes to support a junior varsity squad going into next year. They won’t be the only new program on the horizon, as a middle school team is also in the works.
In the meantime, they’ll have some experienced leaders to lean on to guide them into the future. PRA will look to Chase Knopf to step into the driver’s seat after the departure of senior quarterback Tyler Beveridge.
He’ll have some help.
Senior Teddy Cundiff. Cundiff’s peers selected him to lead the team as captain from the linebacker position after proving himself to be quite the asset. A three-year starter, Cundiff contributed 28 tackles, eight solo, during his junior year and continued to build up his strength during the offseason. “He has grown into the leader of the defense and he anchors that unit,” head coach Michael Storer said.
Star in the Making
Senior Luis Diaz. As a three-year starter for the Miners, Diaz has proven that with hard work comes marked improvement. As he’s matured in the game, so have his speed and catching abilities. Storer expects him to make more of a dent in the offense during his final season. “The ball was thrown his way only a few times in the last few years, but he should get a great many looks this year,” he said.
Solidifying a presence
Each day over the summer, Storer has witnessed the commitment his boys have made in taking the program to the next level. They’ve displayed “excellent attendance” in the weight room as personal and physical growth have exceeded expectations. “We competed in multiple 7-on-7 competitions, and had a very competitive camp in July,” Storer said. “Overall, this is the most depth that PRA has had in our few short years as a varsity football program. We are excited for the year, moving back up to 2A and a new conference.”