Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?
A. We always have hard working kids, and this year is no different. They’re dedicated to having a successful season.
Q. What will be the keys to your success?
A. To be successful at this level, you have to do the fundamentals correctly. Our kids know that in order to have success, we have to master the little things, too.
Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?
A. On the offensive side of the ball, we have some returning starters that include: Zack Pemberton (Jr., QB), Christian Simon (Sr., RB), AJ Velasco (Sr., RB), Logan Sullivan (Sr., OL), Ty Goodwin (Sr., OL), and Patric Williams (Jr., OL). Defensive starters include Chandler Kaylor (Jr., LB) and Bradley Evans (Sr., DL).
Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?
A. Our kids work hard and are coachable.
Q. What will keep you up at night?
A. Making sure our student-athletes do what they’re supposed to do, both on and off the field.
Q. What can you build on from last year?
A. We now have kids who’ve been in our system since sixth grade and have a good grasp of what we are trying to do.
Q. Any lessons learned from last year?
A. The team learned that we have to play hard each and every game. Nothing on this level comes easily, and we have to take advantage of the opportunities when they present themselves.
Q. Will we see anything different this year?
A. No real changes from last year to this year. We have a QB that has one year under his belt, which should give us the opportunity to add some things to our offense.
Q. How would you characterize your team’s speed?
A. Rhea County has had the same team speed for about the last 20 years.
We have a challenge before us. Our schedule has changed this year with the change in districts. We hope to just do the things we know how to do, play hard, and see how it turns out this fall. Again, our kids worked hard in the offseason to be ready to compete when the season starts.
Photos Courtesy of Christopher Hall Rhea County Herald