Ooltewah,TN-(WDEF) Last year, there was a three way tie for first in the District 5-AAA football standings.
And all the high school coaches expect another rough and tumble season this fall.
District coaches gathered at The Bridge in Ooltewah for their annual media day.
When you get a bunch of high school football coaches together, the honesty is too much.
Reporter-"What's the strength of your team?"
Said Bradley Central head coach Damon Floyd,"We're young." (chuckles)
The Bears Damon Floyd will have a new young quarterback in Cole Copeland, the brother of former Bradley QB Bryce Copeland.
Said Floyd,"He's a little bit different than Bryce. He's a lot bigger, but probably not as fast as Bryce. He's got a lot of positives, and he can be really good."
Several district teams are trying to build their defense.
Said McMinn Co head coach Bo Cagle,"We're light on defense. We've got three returning starters on defense."
Said Soddy Daisy head coach Justin Barnes,"We've got to shore up our secondary. Kind of got to the point where if the ball was in the air, the other team was catching it last year. We're trying to make strides in those areas."
Said Cleveland head coach Ron Crawford,"We were undersized defensively last year. We are going to be undersized this year. Coach Floyd said he's a 4-2-5 on defense. We're not sure what we are. We may be an 0-0-11."(laughter)
Despite Crawford's wacky defensive concoctions, the media picked Cleveland to win the district, while the coaches tabbed Ooltewah.
Said Owls head coach Mac Bryan,"We've told our kids that we think we can have a good football team if they want to be one. But the problem is with the schedule we play, and the district we are in. You've got to bring your A-game every Friday night."
Last year, there was a three way tie for the district crown.
Said East Hamilton head coach Ted Gatewood,"We've probably got one of the toughest AAA class districts in the state top to bottom."
Walker Valley hopes to take that next step this season. Maybe a new offense will help.
Said Walker Valley head coach Glen Ryan,"We have joined the 21st century. We're going for a little bit of the spread. We've broken out of our Wing-T'."