Last season as a member of Class AAA with David Radford as coach, the Indians finished with a 1-9 record, which was their 19th consecutive losing campaign. But now Kevin Saunders is in control and has plenty of experience when a turnaround is severely needed.
“I’ve taken over some really bad programs in the past and been fortunate enough to turn them around,” Saunders said. “This is not that big of a difference from what I’ve done in the past.”
During his time in Virginia, Saunders won more than 150 games as a head coach and even spent time as a graduate assistant learning under Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer and defensive coordinator Bud Foster.
“I bring a little bit of the stuff that they do so that is going to be helpful,” Saunders said.
He said he plans to run the Wing T on offense and 3-3-5 on defense.
“We’re going to get to the point where we are running the ball and have a chance to get the games to where we can compete,” Saunders said.
Last season, Cross Keys lost nine of its games by double digits.
“We have to be more physically and mentally tough,” Saunders said. “A great team will overcome the adversity. A good team usually doesn’t and a bad team never does so we got to get that point of them being able to handle that adversity.”
Senior wide receiver Samuel McDade said he hopes to help begin the turnaround. He led the team with 32 catches for 548 yards and five touchdowns. On defense, he had 59 tackles and six interceptions.