Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?
A. This year’s team has some talent; I am most concerned about how they handle adversity.
Q. What will be the keys to your success?
A. Staying healthy, playing with courage, and taking care of the football are the keys for this team to have success.
Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?
A. Malaki Webb (RB/DB), Cody Williams (RB/LB), Ian Howell (OL/DT), Brady Holifield (OL/DT), Bailey Floyd (OL/DL), Josh Williams (WR/DE), Isaac Pangle (FB/LB), Jackson Wilkins (OL/DL), and Makinley Everett (QB/DB).
Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?
A. I think we are hungry, and we are working hard.
Q. What will keep you up at night?
A. Everything is new to the kids.
Q. What can you build on from last year?
A. Playing time for a lot of kids should help from last year.
Q. Any lessons learned from last year?
A. It’s a four-quarter game, and we must learn to finish.
Q. Will we see anything different this year?
A. Everything – there’s a new head coach and offensive line coach, Troy Beck.
Q. How would you characterize your team’s speed?
A. We have a little team speed, and we need a lot of desire to go with it.
We have an opportunity to have some success at Dade Co. We need to stay healthy – that is important. Football is a tough game, and you have to play with courage to win close games. It’s about the football. You can’t turn it over, and you need to create turnovers. We need to win in the fourth quarter.
Photos by Andy Mitchell