The Wolfpack finished the 2012 season with an 8-4 record, making it to the second round of the state playoffs in head coach Scott Jones’ first year with the team.
With 96 varsity players, 28 seniors, eight returning starters on offense and eight more returning starters on defense, Jones said they ended last season “on a good note” and this season should be good as well.
“Going in you set goals; you go one at a time. First goal was to have a winning record, we accomplished that. The second goal was to make the playoffs. Then have a long run in the playoffs. I felt really good about what we accomplished,” Jones said.
For the upcoming season, Jones named 13 players that he felt would be his key returners this season — Kaydan Bishop, Austin Bulloch, Cornelius Collins, Cooper Corely, Brent Johnson, Mitchell Kenny, Trae Major, Matt Mixon, Chase Noonan, Mac Seagle, Jack Senkowitz, Tanner Sheffield and Jace White.
With all these players, Jones also said there are 45 incoming freshman in the football program as well. Only one, wide receiver Justin Chauvan, plays on the varsity team.
“He played on the eighth grade team. He has good hands and runs good routes,” Jones said.
Focusing on working hard and investing time in the weight room, the Wolfpack did a lot of camps and seven-on-sevens to make sure the players and the coaches would be ready for the new season.
“The region is tough and very competitive. You better be prepared week in and week out. I’m very honored to be a part of that bunch,” Jones said.
With school back in session, the season opener is only a few weeks away — Aug. 30 at region rival East Paulding. Jones made it clear that he and the team are ready to play someone other than themselves.
“We’re ready to compete. It’s been a long time since the last game,” he said.
As for the team’s goals this year, he said it would “take it one game at a time.”
“The first game is important, but we’ve got nine games after that,” he said.