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J.H. Rose quarterback Wade Jarman runs drills during practice on Aug. 1, 2019.


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Monday, August 5, 2019

In high school athletics every year creates a new challenge, learning to work with fresh faces across the board. As seniors graduate, younger players must step up and continue to hold the team to a high standard.

At J.H. Rose, new faces will now shoulder the load of continuing the success of the historic program.

Two names will return with more responsibilities this season — junior quarterback Wade Jarman and sophomore running back Michael Allen.

Jarman takes over after his brother, Grant Charles, who is graduated and will play baseball at UNC Greensboro after leading Rose’s high-powered offense in 2018.

“The big thing is Wade moving into that starting spot and taking over for his brother,” JHR coach Dave Wojtecki said. “He’s pretty much the leader of that offensive group, apart from the offensive line. He’s done a great job so far, he’s done well learning the offense and with the 7-on-7 games. He’s just a competitor, and that’s the greatest thing about him.”

Jarman paid tribute to his brother on the first official day of practice on Thursday by literally filling in his older brother’s shoes. Wade pointed out the cleats he was wearing belonged to Grant Charles.

“It’s been awesome,” Wade said. “I’m excited to take over for my brother. Our goal this year is to go undefeated. I feel like the sky is the limit and I want to go there.”

In a long line of Jarmans, Wade will be the last to lead the Rampants.

“It’s weird not having my brother here,” he said. “He means the world to me, and he was a good quarterback, but I want to go out and be better than him.”

Wade brings an extra skill to the field that his brother didn’t have, the ability to run the ball.

“Fans who come to the game will still see the explosive plays, but Wade adds a running game to the offense that his brother did not,” Wojtecki said. “I think it is going to be even more dynamic with Wade running and throwing compared to GC just throwing back there. We’re excited about having some good running backs, a good throwing and running quarterback and some weapons outside (wide receivers) again.”

Allen, a three-sport star, will slot in as one of the top running backs on the roster.

“Michael is a good football player, a very fast kid,” Wojtecki said. “We have two really good backs, Shaquan Perry and Michael Allen, so they are going to see a lot of time (on the field). We’re going to try to put Micheal in situations that benefit us and work against some mismatches. We’re excited to see how those two will be together.”

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.


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