With previous head coaching experience at Redan and Decatur, Davenport is now calling the shots at Woodland following the departure of Scott Schmitt.
“Friday can’t get here fast enough for me,” Davenport said. “I’m ready to get back to work.”
Davenport definitely has his work cut out with the Wolfpack, who are coming off their third straight 2-8 season.
“I’m in a situation where we haven’t had a lot of success,” Davenport said. “Woodland hasn’t been very good the last three years or so. More than anything we want to change the mentality and culture that kind set in as far as losing and low expectations.”
Woodland’s last successful season was in 2009 when the Wolfpack earned a 7-4 record.
Davenport said he is mainly worried about how his players will respond to challenges on the field.
“My biggest concern going into games is the ebb and flow of football,” Davenport said. “There are going to be some positives and negatives. How will we react when negatives come? Have they bought in to the message that myself and the rest of the coaches have been preaching in terms of responding differently or will be they sink back down in terms of their low expectations?”
Senior Justin Strozier is one player Davenport isn’t too concerned about when it comes to performance since the wide receiver will play at East Carolina University next year.
“He’s a really good, dynamic football player for us,” Davenport said. “He was one of the first kids who stood out while watching film from last year. He worked tremendously hard during the offseason. He got a little bigger and faster and his ball skills are really good.”
Davenport still has to decide whether senior Kobie Lain, Reid Larsen or Michael Hull, who are both sophomores, will be the starting quarterback.
Woodland will compete in Class AAAAA this season.
“It’s a little higher level of competition so we got to be ready to step our game up,” Davenport said.