Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?
A. Anxious to build off last year’s success.
Q. What will be the keys to your success?
A. Staying healthy and keeping injuries to a minimum. Getting as many kids out as possible.
Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?
A. Zane Howard (Sr., QB/DB), Avery Hamrick (Sr., RB/SS), Corey Talley (So., RB/CB), Tanner Hoge (Sr., RB/LB), Gavin Slaven (Sr., OT/DE), Truston Everette (Sr., TE/DE), and Rylan Chandler (Sr., G/NG).
Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?
A. We have a lot of returning players with lots of experience. Numbers were up last year, and we want to continue getting kids out.
Q. What will keep you up at night?
A. Worrying about injuries and amount of depth.
Q. What can you build on from last year?
A. We won five games last year and lost a couple of close ones. We want to continue our improvement and advance in the playoffs.
Q. Any lessons learned from last year?
A. We were able to find out some things our team can and cannot do. We want to be able to use our strengths to our advantage and put us in the best possible situation to win.
Q. Will we see anything different this year?
A. We are wanting to improve on special teams. Offensively and defensively the schemes will basically remain the same.
Last season was very exciting for our players and school. We won five games, which was something we haven’t been able to do in the past few years, including a trip back to the playoffs. We have a lot of returning players, but we are going to have to continue getting players out. This will start in our own building. We have kids in our school who can help us immediately – we just have to figure out how to get them out and keep them out. If we can get the players we want out, we feel we will make bigger strides than we did last year.
Photos by Andy Mitchell