VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) – Chris Scott hasn’t even called the first play in a regular season game, and already there’s plenty of through-the-roof expectations for his Bishop Sullivan Catholic football team.
“While the outside may have expectations that we win every single game…I can guarantee you that the expectations that any of those individuals may have, they aren’t higher than what our coaching staff has and what our administration has for our young men,” said Scott, who takes over the Crusaders after eight years at Ocean Lakes High School.
Scott comes in with an impressive resume and a stacked roster. He won 86 games with the Dolphins, and this season, will have upwards of 20 Division I prospects to work with.
“We have some of the guys that are the top players in the country at their position,” said Scott.
And he’s not exaggerating. All-American running back Khalan Laborn, who committed to play at Florida State last month, transferred in from Ocean Lakes, along with former Dolphins quarterback Tyler DeSue, and four-star receiver Tahj Capehart, who will play at Virginia Tech next season.
That’s just on offense.
The defense will feature four-star recruit Teradja Mitchell, who transferred from Bayside High School and is rated the number one middle linebacker in the state, along with Brandon and Breyon Gaddy on the defensive line, who committed to the University of Tennessee last month.
“It’s kind of like being a kid in the candy shop, until you look at that schedule,” said Scott.
With a stacked roster comes a stacked schedule that includes matchups against three nationally ranked teams. Gilman School (Sept. 10) is ranked 13th in the nation, and Good Council (Sept. 30) is ranked 37th. The Crusaders will also face national power IMG Academy on Nov. 19 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.
Unfortunately, Bishop Sullivan won’t be able to compete for a state title this season, because they will only face two in-state private schools. Nevertheless, the team’s aim remains high.
“What we’re working toward right now is to be a national champion,” said Scott.