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Homestead Set to Face Reagan in Kickoff Classic

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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018 1:00 am

The Homestead Broncos will take the field for a kickoff classic game at Reagan on Wednesday, Aug. 15 with a 3:30 p.m. start.

It will be Homestead’s first opportunity to build on last year’s 6-4 season with their first playoff appearance in 10 years before the regular season begins on Aug 24.

“I just want to see a continuation of last year, not even from the spring,” said Ahmad Ward, who enters his third season as head coach. “I want to see the guys come together and just be more productive. We are really focusing on having a better run game and then that would make it easier for Tasheem Reese, the quarterback.”

The Broncos’ top player is 6-foot-5 senior tight end Rahmod Smith, a three-star prospect who committed to UNLV in the summer. Smith is in his third year playing football and has shown progression since the spring.

“He put the extra work in,” Ward said. “I see his route-running and ball skills have improved. He still has so far he can go because so young in playing in the game and his body is so big. He’s always had room for improvement, but he’s been working on it and is see a difference in his route-running, ball skills, catching. He’s getting better daily.”

Reese returns after a solid finish to his junior season throwing for over 800 yards and is working on finding other receivers at his disposal as opposed to being locked in on Smith.

“Last year I used to only trust in who I was used to, but now I trust in all of my receivers to give them all a chance to get the ball and make something happen,” Reese said.

Reagan, which beat Homestead 10-0 in last year’s kickoff classic, is coming off a 6-3 campaign, its sixth winning season in the last seven years. The Bison have been running a Wing-T offense and could continue to have the same style despite having a new offensive coordinator.

“I know their offensive coordinator left to go to Coral Reef so I’m not sure too much what I’m going to see offensively, but I know defensively I’m going to see a 4-3, Cover 2 look or a Cover 3, they’re going to blitz up the ‘A’ gap on us because they know we’re going to try to swing the ball a little bit,” Ward said.

Homestead’s defense will be led by defensive lineman Greg Pruitt, and defensive backs Jamel Brunson, Andrew Eloissaint, and Trema Baptiste all seniors.

“We have some 10th graders who are stepping up and we have some guys that were part of the team last year, but were hurt and didn’t even get to play,” Ward said. “We’ve got guys that are stepping up and continuing on.”

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