Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?
A. A year older and physically much different than last year.
Q. What will be the keys to your success?
A. Having guys step up and make plays. We return 20 starters from last year’s team, but we have several players who were JV kids last year that will challenge returning starters.
Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?
A. Hopefully our seniors.
Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?
A. The buy-in from our kids has been tremendous. Last year, we played a ton of 9th and 10th graders. The time they have spent in the weight room, along with the maturing process that comes with getting older, has us feeling we are heading in the right direction.
Q. What can you build on from last year?
A. We had some positive moments. The key is to be more consistent.
Q. Any lessons learned from last year?
A. Being 0-10 isn’t fun.
Q. Will we see anything different this year?
A. Same system from last year.
Q. How would you characterize your team’s speed?
A. We aren’t blessed with a ton of speed. Our goal is to keep things simple, and hopefully that will allow our kids to play fast.
We have higher expectations this year. I think we have a group of kids who have developed a chip on their shoulder and are eager to prove themselves. We experienced success at the sub-varsity level and have a large group of incoming freshmen who were very successful at the middle school level. We will still have some growing pains, but we expect to be a much-improved football team.
Photos by By Paul Thress