Union Academy (8-5 & 4-3) will look to build on the success in 2017. Senior QB Hayden Gosnell returns after putting up 1869 passing yards and 15 TDs. Gosnell is a threat on the ground as well, rushing for 227 yards and 7 TDs. Senior Chris Hayward returns after leading the Cardinals in 2017 with 940 yards and 15 TDs. Gosnell’s main target will be junior Derek Young. Young can do it all after putting up 40 receptions for 772 yards and 7 TDs. Young ran for 204 yards on the season. Carson Malone is back after putting up 256 yards. Kalip McFadden had a punt and kick-off return for touchdowns.
The Cardinals defense loses its leading tackler in Jeremy Miller (190) but senior LB Chris Morgan returns after recording 175 tackles as a junior. Senior linebacker Brett Mussatti registered 99 stops as a junior is back as well. Derek Young is a do it all player for Union Academy. Young had 79 tackles along with 4 interceptions, 2 were returned for scores and a sack in 2017. Kalip McFadden tied the Cards in sacks in 2017 with 5. Morgan had 3 sacks and Mussatti had 2 for the Cardinal defense. The Cardinal kicking game will see senior Carson Green return after hitting 45-for-50 on PATs and 2-of-3 field goals. The Cardinals open the season on August 17th vs. Hickory Grove Christian.