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Coyotes On the Cusp of Greatness

The Clarksburg High School football team enters the 2015 season having reached the postseason four times in its nine seasons as a program, including consecutive playoff appearances in 2013-14. The Coyotes (7-4 in 2014), who fell to Quince Orchard by one touchdown in last year’s Class 4A West Region semifinals, have perennially posed a threat to top teams. But this fall coach Larry Hurd, Jr. said he and his charges feel like they are right on the cusp of being one of those very top programs in Montgomery County and Maryland.

“We’ve got to have some results that can confirm that but we feel like that’s where we’re at,” Hurd said. “As a public school team, you go through maybe some ups and downs, but this is the 10th year the school has been open and the majority of the years we have been very successful. We feel very proud of what we built.”

Still, Hurd said, every year is something new. And while the Coyotes’ offense will work behind a rather experienced line, led by Zach Fiscus (6-foot-1, 260 pounds) and Pat Shifflett (6-2, 250), Clarksburg is primarily operating with first-year varsity starters in the skill positions. The Coyotes return only five players on offense and four on defense. But Hurd said he is confident this next generation of players is ready to continue Clarksburg’s ascension.

“I’m really excited,” Hurd said. “These kids happened to be