In November before any games were played, Jarrod Davis’ words were: “Last year, we were able to jump out of the gate because we had so much experience. But this year, it’s going to be a steady increase. I think we are going to be better towards the end than we will be in the early part of the season.”
With only three seniors compared to 11 on the roster last season, the Titans were 4-6 entering 2013.
“They thought they were going to jump out and it was going to be like it was last year,” Davis said. “But they got to understand they have to live in their own reputation. Sometimes it’s better when you fall and get back up than to get started at a high point and don’t be as good later on.”
But since then, the Titans had only lost two games and are winners of their last five with experienced combo guards Brandon Clyde and David White leading the way.
“Because we were so deep last year, Brandon and David’s minutes were limited so this year with them taking that leadership role, it was a different responsibility,” Davis said. “It was a frustrating task for both of them early because they wanted to keep the same thing like last year, but in actuality you got to understand the pieces that you have.”
“The young guys were still stuck in their JV mode,” Clyde said. “They are just now getting a feeling of varsity—the flow and how fast it is. You can tell because we are starting to win more games and executing all of our plays. They are paying attention more.”
Another impressive note about the Titans is their 10-2 mark in sub-region 4A-AAAAA which is currently good enough for first place.
“The book hasn’t been closed yet,” said Davis before last weekend’s wins. “It hadn’t even been written yet. We just having some decent success right now, and the biggest thing is getting our kids to understand that this is a day-to-day process.”
This Friday, Drew tries to sweep the season series against Mundy’s Mill and do the same Tuesday against Mt. Zion.
“At this point we’ve played everybody in our region,” Davis said. “We know what to expect but we know with all the good coaches in the region some are going to do some adjusting and throw a couple of wrinkles our way. We just got to be able to adjust with whatever people throw at us.”
Drew hosts Ola on Tuesday.