Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?
A. We have good speed, and we’re continuing to develop our leadership and culture within the program.
Q. What will be the keys to your success?
A. Figuring out the quarterback position, and finding depth. The competition for quarterback will be strong between Jackson Moore (Jr., QB/TE) and Kellye Cawood (Jr., QB). We also have young but physical kids who should bring attitude with them and fit well with the team.
Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?
A. There are a lot of potential leaders in this group. Romeo Wykle (Sr., WR/DB) and Chase Oliver (Sr., LB) headline the group with leadership, but many other guys are doing a great job too.
Q. What can you build on from last year?
A. We were a little more physical last year. Injuries to the quarterback position and defensive line threatened to set us back, but we took strides to become more physical. We have to grow on that and pride ourselves on being tougher mentally and physically.
Q. Any lessons learned from last year?
A. We faced a lot of unexpected challenges last year, but it brought us closer as a team. Three of our QBs had season-ending injuries, and Jackson Moore is our only QB to return after breaking his arm last year. There’s no way to expect an injury, but now
we’re able to adapt after having such
a hard season.
Q. How would you characterize your team’s speed?
A. Team speed is by far our strength. Micaleous Elder is running in the 4.3’s, Keegan Jones in 4.4’s, Romeo Wykle is 4.50, and several other kids in 4.5 and 4.6’s. That’s crazy fast for any level of football.
Our schedule is brutal. We had to schedule tough non-conference games, and our new conference is already challenging. Bradley will be good and probably have the most returning starters of anybody around. Outside our region, we’ll play skilled teams including Rhea County, Knoxville Catholic, Bearden, and a rival game with Walker Valley. We just have to show up ready to play hard every single week.
Photos by Andy Mitchell