"Coming up to this position to being on varsity, it's not the easiest thing. You're going to have to learn new things and the skill level is just tremendously a lot better. If I teach them what the older guys taught me then everything will be alright," said senior Trenton Carlton.
There are plenty of holes to fill this year for the Lions after losing last year's seniors to graduation. One of those spots is at quarterback. Colt Bertrand is set to take over under center for the Lions this year after being the back-up in 2014.
"Extremely motivated. He's a great leader. He's an extremely smart young man. He's just the type of kid that when the game is on the line, he wants the ball in his hands. So, I have a great deal of confidence in Colt," said head coach Chuck Howard.
"It really is a dream come true. It's a lot of fans and a lot of responsibility to uphold," said Colt Bertrand.One of the biggest challenges for Howard's team this year will be their district. The Lions fall in to Class 4A this year, and find themselves matched-up with rivals Stephenville and Wylie, as well as Big Spring and Snyder. All five teams made the playoffs a year ago. So, the Lions will need to be prepared by the time district play rolls around.
"I certainly think we have one of the toughest districts in the state. We've got our work cut out for us, but at the same time when we step out on the field we're going to be ready to play," said Howard.
With a difficult non-district schedule featuring Graham and Liberty Hill, the Lions will have a lot to get done during two-a-days.
"Focusing on more intensity, more focued on the plays we have to accomplish on defense especially. It's just pretty much about getting stuff done this season to get ready for district," said Isaac Sanchez.
The Lions open the 2014 season against Gatesville on August 29th.
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