Bluecats Start John Elder Era

Published 08/05 2014 08:30PM

Updated 08/05 2014 08:43PM

The start of two-a-days also marks the start of the Elder era in Coleman as John Elder takes over as the head coach of the Bluecats.

Elder inherits a team that's chalk full of experience with 21 lettermen returning this season.

John Elder said "Having a lot of returners back is always easy on the program, especially when we're doing a change like this. The kids know us, we know them because we didn't have to hire to many new staffs. It's an easy transition and it's great to have that many kids back."

Brandon Barrios said "He's already straightening up our program so far ever since he got in. I'm glad we didn't get a coach from out of town or anything like that. We had him from here so we all knew him. He's a good coach. He gets crazy when he needs to. He gets us crazy. He fires us up all day."

JaQuan Hemphill said "What we've got I think it's going to be good. I know it is. We've just got to keep working on it, our speed. Just like we did last year that's always good, but last year was pretty good. We'll see what we can do."

Elder said "Our expectations are the same as they have been in the past two years. We expect to get on the field and compete and try and stay healthy and compete for a district championship every season. Every time we come out we're trying to win each and every week and that includes the district championship."

The Bluecats have two key players back this year in quarterback Cord Norris and running back JaQuan Hemphill, who combined for over 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2013.

Coleman opens the new season at home against the Jim Ned Indians.

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