The goal stays the same – to win


Grace McGuire

Football players practice their offense and defense plays.

Story by Connor Brooks, Sports Editor

The football team has made many changes since last season and has been hard at work this summer. New Athletic Director Gerry Stanford brought other coaches with him. The varsity quarterback for three seasons, Cade Pearson, is now off in college and a lot weighs on junior Coltin Clack’s shoulders to fulfill this role.

“Aug. 14 was our first day of two-a-days and everyone went through the summer workouts, which consisted of running, conditioning and lifting weights,” Stanford said. “Five days after that we had our first day with pads and we had our first scrimmage Aug. 19.”

Former athletic director Barry Norton had been here for 18 years, so this is the first year in awhile that there’s been a new training regiment.

“Everyday practice is different for [the boys] and the expectations are too,” Stanford said. “How they act, what they are involved in and how practices go are probably a lot different for them.”

The guys have a new coaching staff which means they will be looking for improvement in different ways than the previous one.

“Each day we are looking for progress, not just in our scheme but also as a person,”Stanford said. “Over time, we have seen a big adjustment in change for the better in our scheme as far as the guys just learning something new.”

With Clack as the new quarterback, the team is going to look different than previous seasons and Stanford has a lot confidence in him.

“God has given Coltin a skill set that allows him to do things that a lot of people can’t do,” Stanford said. “He has done a great job at adapting to the offense and taking the reins. He has slowly but surely became the leader of our offense and put us in a new direction.”

Stanford is looking for the team to progress but doesn’t have a definite goal for the season.

“We really don’t change our expectations from any day to any game,” Stanford said. “We really focus on each day and are willing to work hard and outwork the people we are going to play.”

The Tigers will face off against the Bishop-Lynch Friars for their first district game on Friday.