What to know about CAL and DeSales football before the 2022 season begins


The 2022 KHSAA football season is an exciting one for archrivals Christian Academy of Louisville and DeSales for very different reasons. On the side of CAL, the Centurions return most of their talent-laden roster from a year ago and are primed to make a run at the title.

For DeSales, after two seasons filled with adversity, the arrival of new coach Mike Jackson could bring some much needed energy to the program.

But before the 2022 season kicks off here’s what you need to know about CAL and DeSales football:

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CAL (11-2 in 2021)

Coach: Hunter Cantwell (fourth season, 25-10)

Offense (7 starters back): Eaton Messer caught 68 passes for 1,254 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, but CAL’s No. 1 priority is finding a way to replace that level of production. With Messer graduated, the Centurions must rely on the usual suspects (and an exciting new one) to make up for his production. Quarterback Cole Hodge and halfback Gavin Copenhaver will carry the weight, but who will emerge as Hodge’s top target? Enter Oldham County transfer WR/DB Justin Ruffin, who already has offers from Louisville, James Madison and South Florida and brings speed and versatility to the Centurion offense. Hodge will be wise to connect with him often, but he’ll also have weapons like WR/DB Connor Hodge and WR Nate Heidenreich at his disposal.

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