Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?
A. Hard workers with experience coming back in most areas.
Q. What will be the keys to your success?
A. We’ll have four or five athletes playing the majority of the snaps, so they must remain healthy.
Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?
A. Riley Bodine (Sr., OL/DL), Brendon Harris (Sr., RB/DB), Walker Culver (Sr., OL/DL), Mike Benning (Sr., TE), Lorenzo White (Jr., QB), Jared Foshee (Sr., OL/DL), Cooper Lewis (Jr., TE/LB), Chris-tian Harris (Jr., TE/DE), Cade Long (Sr., TE/LB), Noah Martin (So., RB/LB), Christian Martin (So., OL/DL), Jaylon Baker (Sr., WR/DB), Keegan Weekley (Sr., K), and Mats Pokela (Sr., K).
Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?
A. Good senior leadership and the self-directed motivation to succeed.
Q. What will keep you up at night?
A. Thinking about our schedule, which will be a huge challenge.
Q. What can you build on from last year?
A. Our finish. After finishing 6th in the league, we played really well through the playoffs to get one game short of the state championship game.
Q. Any lessons learned from last year?
A. Team chemistry is important and everyone must bring their best to each and every day.
Q. How would you characterize your team’s speed?
A. Our overall team speed is average, but we are quicker up front.
We will know a lot about this team before we ever get into September. Opening up with Notre Dame and then playing state power Knoxville Catholic will allow us to see areas that need improvement before heading into league play. It’ll be important to get off to a good start. I think this group of seniors are committed to living up to the challenges that this season brings.
Photos by Dennis Culver