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New backfield to lead Bird

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The new running backs at L.C. Bird have some huge, yet small, shoes to fill.  The 5'6" Metro Player of the Year Yahkee Johnson is gone, but the Skyhawks have reloaded.

Head Coach David Bedwell has a pair of running backs that he believes can lead the always potent Bird rushing attack.  Last year's backup, senior Paul Robertson, is looking forward to finally getting his chance, after watching other backs own the starting job.  They also have Lionel Williams, now a senior, who actually started for Bird as a freshman, but left the school his sophomore season.  Both of those players will be asked to carry the load that Yahkee did last season.

Also the Skyhawks have a new quarterback.  Henrico transfer Terrance Ervin has brought a new wrinkle to the team's offense.  Bedwell calls Ervin "not your typical Bird kid", because he a pocket passer.  While Bedwell won't totally revamp the team's offense, he could see the possibility that his team might be closer to 50% pass/50% run this season.

Once again, Bird is the favorite to win the Dominion District this season.  Bedwell is hoping that this is the year the team can get over the hump, and win the state championship. 

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