Look out for rising sophomore Demoria Harris(6-2, 165lbs), younger brother of Travon and Darvell Harris.
Last Year: 7-5-0 overall; 4-1 2nd place in the Illini-Red Bird Conference; 50-0 CPS playoff win vs Collins; 40-14 CPS playoff loss to Harper; 66-26 1st round state playoff win vs Taft; 29-0 2nd round state playoff loss to Loyola Academy.
Illlini-Red Bird Conference with Simeon, Whitney Young, Lane Tech, Curie, and CVS.
Despite the graduation of two of one of Dunbar's all time athletes in QB Darvell Harris and WR Travon Harris, Darvell should still be a very solid team. The sting of last year's unexpected 40-14 loss to Harper in the CPS playoffs still reverberates.
The first task for redemption will be to find a replacement for Darvell Harris at the QB slot. One strong candidate for the starting QB position will be junior Kyler Dawson. He's got the Harris like build. Dawson was 6-2 176lbs last year as as sophomore. He will probably be bigger and taller this year. Although he is not as athletic as Harris. Dawson is just one possibilty at the QB position, there are more potential candidates.
The Mighty Men have plenty of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. One name you will hear a lot this year is Jayton Doresey. Doresey played a lot of receiver last year. He caught a lot of balls last year from his cousin Darvell Harris. Doresey can also play running back, but I feel his future is receiver as he can really catch balls.
Jayton will have help from another Harris brother in Demoria Harris. Coach Glen Johnson usually likes to break in young players at the right pace, so last year we did not see all what Damoria Harris can do. This year, as a sophomore we may see more of Damoria Harris. From what I've seen Damoria from track, he is a beast. He has the size, look, and build of a senior. He was officially listed as 6-0, 150lbs on the official Dunbar roster. But I have personally seen him and he seems more in the 6-2, 165lbs range with a chiseled build.
Dunbar also has a plethore of up and coming players in #20 Claudis Johnson(5-7,130lbs, sr. RB/DB), #52 Jason Dawson(5-11, 195lbs, so, LB), #55 Norman McKissack(6-0, 203lbs, jr, LB), and #62 Elijah McCoy(5-11, 250lbs, jr. OL/DL).
I have Dunbar ranked #6 in my CPS pre-season football rankings. They could be ranked higher as the season progresses depending on how much their young players develop. I really like the overall team speed and young talent that this team has. Coach Glenn Johnson is a proven winner and is capable of developing the team into much more.
I see Dunbar to contend for the Illini Red Bird conference home of #1 Simeon and #2 Curie. They have the players and coaching to play with them
Players to Watch:
#7 Jayton Doresey(5-11,170lbs, jr, WB/DB)
#42 Kyler Dawson (6-2,176lbs, jr, QB/LB)(Candidate for starting QB)
#20 Claudis Johnson(5-7,130lbs, sr. RB/DB)
#52 Jason Dawson(5-11, 195lbs, so, LB)
#55 Norman McKissack(6-0, 203lbs, jr, LB)
#10 Demoria Harris(6-1,165lbs, so, DB)(brother of Darvell and Travon Harris)
#62 Elijah McCoy(5-11, 250lbs, jr. OL/DL)