Lark making changes in first year as Castlewood's coach

Kevin Mays • Aug 23, 2019 at 7:30 AM

CASTLEWOOD — Chris Lark, stepping into the role of head coach, faces the common challenge of the numbers game.

Castlewood has 26 players on the roster this season, and only four of them are seniors.

Lark, a former assistant at Volunteer and Virginia High, is changing some things, including the Blue Devils’ offensive attack.

“The kids are working hard. They’ve bought in to what we’re trying to do,” he said. “I came on board on July 8 and we’ve been working hard.”

Senior twins Collen and Candler Dudley are likely to drive the offense. Collen handles the quarterback chores and Candler gets the call at running back.

Lark feels good about his offensive line. Juniors Gavin Monk, Elijah Stafford and center Brandon Buetler are among its anchors.

On the defensive side of the ball, there have been many changes, including Candler Dudley moving from defensive end to linebacker.

“We’re experienced as far as playing time from that aspect,” Lark noted, “but we’re also inexperienced because we’ve got kids in different positions trying to use their abilities to the best of our benefit.”



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