Calhoun’s returning roster ready for redemption
CALHOUN, Ga. (WDEF) — A heartbreaking quarterfinals loss at home abruptly ended Calhoun’s season last year. Most of the Yellow Jackets star talent returns with unfinished business on the brain.
“You think about it every single day,” senior lineman Kendrick Kirby. “Every time we come out here and practice, it’s something that burns you.”
Coffee is keeping Calhoun up at night — the school, that is. After a 27-17 quarterfinals loss, the Jackets are ready for redemption.
“After the Coffee game last year, we were all very disappointed, but the next Monday in the weight room, it motivated us to work even harder,” senior quarterback Christian Lewis. “We worked as hard as we possibly can. We’re doing everything we can to get where we need to be.”
Lewis returns as starting quarterback after throwing for 24-hundred yards last season.
“That kid, he works. He works his butt off every single day, and he’s the smartest person I know,” Kirby said.
“He’s matured in every facet,: coach Clay Stephenson said. “He’s gotten stronger and faster. So getting a whole year under his belt last year, there were things he needed to work on in the weight room and off the field, so he did that.”
“I think I’ve matured most as a decision maker,” Lewis said. “Last year being my first season, the game kind of hit me fast. But as we got into the season, it slowed down a lot. I’ve gotten stronger mentally and physically, so I’m excited to see what happens.”
“We’ve got five or six returning starters on both sides, so it’ll be a mix of experience and also some young guys that it will be their first time in the fire, so we’re excited about it,” Stephenson said.
“Anything less than a state championship is going to be disappointing,” Lewis said. “But this team, I feel like we’re ready, and I feel like we can do what we need to do.”