East Hamilton Hopes to Continue Recent Success at Higher Level
Chattanooga-(WDEF) East Hamilton starting playing football in 2009, and last year they won their first ever playoff game in Class 4A. But if the Canes are going to win another playoff game this year, they'll have to do it in the higher 5A classification. Said quarterback Hunter Moore,"It's going to be a lot tougher than last year because we are going to be playing good talent every week." Said head coach Ted Gatewood,"But it's going to be good. It's going to be good for our program. It's going to be good for our school. Change is sometimes refreshing." Reporter-"You are making the jump, and they are already picking you to win the district?" Said Gatewood,"Well I don't know whose idea that was. I think they all got together and did that as a practical joke or something."
Joking aside, the expectations are high for a team returning a lot of talent from last year's 11-2 squad. Said defensive back Tre Herndon,"But we're trying to keep a level head. Stay focused while we are at practice." Said Gatewood,"Probably our strength right now is going to be skill positions. Got a lot of depth in our skill position areas. Running backs and quarterback. Be a three year starter at quarterback, so that's huge four our program."
East Hamilton will get tested right away as they start the season against Signal Mountain. Said Gatewood,"I think it's important. It gets you dialed in and gets your kids focused." Said Herndon,"Yeah, it's always fun to kickoff against Signal. Everybody is all into it. It will be a hyped game just like it was last year." Added Gatewood,"You know we've got the potential to be successful. The key is making sure the little things are done correctly. That's the biggest thing, making sure the little things are done correctly."