Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?
A. A mixture of experience and new faces competing for the starting jobs.
Q. What will be the keys to your success?
A. Effort, attitude, and toughness.
Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?
A. Nathan Williams (Sr., RB/LB), Ruddy Ware (Sr., QB/DB), Christian Vaughn (Sr., WR/DB), Dylan Simpson (Sr., OL/DL), Deandre Rowe (Sr., RB/DB), Braxton Jones (Sr., OL/DL), Todd Thornburg (Jr., RB/LB), Jacob King (Jr., RB/DB), and Charlie Harless (Sr., K/P).
Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?
A. Continuing from a good year last year.
Q. What will keep you up at night?
A. Accountability from key players.
Q. What can you build on from last year?
A. Confidence and momentum from a positive year.
Q. Any lessons learned from last year?
A. The importance of confidence.
Q. Will we see anything different this year?
Q. How would you characterize your team’s speed?
A. We will definitely be faster than last year. However, we must have the accountability and leadership of last year’s team.
Our schedule is tough. We face two non-region opponents in Heritage and Gordon Lee, who always put a great team on the field. Our region schedule is even more competitive with the likes of Calhoun (who make it to state every year), Sonoraville, North Murray, Adairsville, Ringgold, Murray Co., Haralson Co., and Coahulla Creek. We have continually improved each year, and our expectations are to continue to work hard for a region championship.
Photos by Barbie Vaughn