30 IN 30: Success will need a full team effort for Red Bank

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RED BANK, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Red Bank Lions head into the 2019 season without last year’s top performer Calvin Jackson.

Jackson scored more than 80 percent of Red Bank’s touchdowns as the Lions went undefeated into the playoffs.

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So, how will Red Bank make up for that loss and get back to the playoffs this season?

“The standard answer to that is there’s no one player that can replace Calvin’s production,” head coach Chris Brown said. “But we feel very confident that we have depth at receiver, running back, quarterback that can make up for his graduation.”

Depth will be key, considering Jackson could play almost every position.

“It’s always going to be a major difference without a great player to be here, but I believe we have some young guys and underclassmen that will be able to pick them up,” linebacker Clark Lockerby said.

“We’ve got all those guys that can compete just like Calvin could. There’s not a single person,” quarterback Madox Wilkey said. “I mean, Calvin’s great but I mean he’s gone. We have to work with what we have.”

“Guys that didn’t step up last year and they had a small role, they’re going to have a bigger role,” wide receiver Sincere Thomas said. “We’re going to all have to step up together as a team this year.”

Madox Wilkey will have an even bigger role as the returning veteran quarterback.

“You can’t be too thankful for experience coming back at quarterback. While it’s not new, Madox Wilkey being a three year starter for us stands out above everything else. His savvy, his poise, his experience really shines,” Coach Brown said.

Coach Brown says the team’s leaders are maintaining last year’s culture of accountability off the field so this year they can focus on plans on the field.

“I believe we’re more of a family this year. Last year Coach Brown was putting in that discipline aspect, but now I believe that we are more well-rounded,” Lockerby said.

“They want to get some place this year. They want to be in the same place we were last year with or without Calvin,” Thomas said.

Follow along as we profile 30 schools in 30 days leading up to the beginning of football season. A new feature airs every night during News 12 Now at 11.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."