The media and coaches both picked Hixson to win District 6 this fall, and that's fine with Wildcats coach Jason Fitzgerald. "I would rather have the number one tag than the number seven tag each year. That's why we are in this game is to win. That's the tag you want."
Tyner will also be in the mix. Wayne Turner has coached the Rams for 24 years, but he says he feels refreshed this season. "At one point, I thought I might have been getting a little tired and slowed down a little bit. But their enthusiasm has really sparked a lot of fire in me."
Central will feature loads of experience with 12 seniors and a new offense. Said head coach John Allen,"Well, 5-15 the last two years in the wing-T really wasn't working very well. So we are going to run the spread. Feel like we have the athletes to do that. Try to speed up the game a little bit and score a little more than eight points a game."
Red Bank coach E.K. Slaughter says he will try to tone down his tendancy to chuck it down the field all the time. No need with some beef upfront. Said Slaughter,"Our strength is definitely going to be upfront. We are going to lean on that. Running the ball and stopping the run wins championships."
Brian Gwyn is the new coach at Brainerd, and he's trying to change the team's mentality. "I don't feed in negativity. I don't let the program feed in negativity. A lot of negativity has been coming towards the program, and it is pretty much set up by outsiders."
Tracy Malone of East Ridge has a new team slogan. BTM. "Which stands for "Bigger Than Me", said Malone. "We are trying to make our kids understand at East Ridge that every decision they make affects East Ridge."