Dalton High School

Coach Matt Land

Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?

A. Hardworking and young.

Q. What will be the keys to your success?

A. Staying healthy and focusing on quality development early.

Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?

A. Manny Vega (Jr., OL), Osbaldo Beltran (Jr., OL), Yendry Cruz (Sr., WR), Jahmyr Gibbs (Jr., RB), Landon Allen (Jr., QB), Bryce Houghton (Jr., WR), Cristian Lama (Jr., DL), John Ross (Jr., LB), Jack Ridley (Sr., OLB), and Malachi Gregory (Jr., DB).

Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?

A. Great team chemistry and dedication.

Q. What will keep you up at night?

A.  Injuries and inexperience.

Q. What can you build on from last year?

A. We played some young guys last year, and hopefully those quality reps will help young players step up as starters.

Q. Any lessons learned from last year?

A. We need to continue to develop and improve each game.

Q. Will we see anything different this year?

A. No.

Q. How would you characterize your team’s speed?

A. We have good speed for our area, but will be average for our classification.

Coach’s View

Our opportunities for success will lie within our ability to transfer what we do in practice to game situations. We will not be defined by what we cannot do, but only by what we can do great. Our team will be dedicated to 100% effort on every play and will hold each other accountable to that standard and that standard alone.

Photos by Doug Smith

Jahmyr Gibbs

Landon Allen

Cristian Lama

Jack Ridley

Bryce Houghton

Osbaldo Beltran

Yendry Cruz

Lane Cox