Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?
A. Young and determined.
Q. What will be the keys to your success?
A. Playing together, getting better every day, limiting mistakes, and taking advantage of opportunities.
Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?
A. Corey Talley (RB/DB), Jack Brewster (OL/DL), Ashton Jackson (RB/DB), Austin Ferguson (WR/DB), Jacob Winchester (OL/DL), Ricardo Cruz (OL/DL), and Travis Quails (RB/DB).
Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?
A. We have a hardworking group of young men who are determined to get better every day.
Q. What will keep you up at night?
A. Youth in some positions and overall depth.
Q. What can you build on from last year?
A. Our first winning season since 2011 was great for our program, but we must focus on what’s important now.
Q. Any lessons learned from last year?
A. We have to focus more on our team getting better every day, not as much on who our opponent will be for the week.
Q. Will we see anything different this year?
Q. How would you characterize your team’s speed?
A. On par with other teams our size.
We will have a very competitive schedule this season with many talented and well-coached teams. Our district has the defending 1A state champion, as well as a year-in-and-year-out contender for the 1A state championship. We have to play up to the standard we have as a program and be disciplined for four quarters in every game.
Photos by Heather Payne Haswell