Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Carvers Bay’s football team won the Class A Lower State title last season, but don’t expect to see that team take the field this year, said its coach.
“That team graduated,” said James “Nate” Thompson. “It’s good that people look at you as somebody they want to beat, but we’re a little bit younger and a little bit more inexperienced.”
It will be “very, very, very hard” to make it back to the state title game, Thompson added.
“It’s going to be difficult because we know everybody got us as an important game to them,” said senior Trevor Lewis. “It’s going to be difficult because we know we’ve got a target on our back, but I have confidence in our boys.”
“It’s going to be hard since we know everyone will be after us since we were contenders last year,” said senior Kelvin Waites.
The 2013 Bears squad had seniors in key positions on both sides of the ball. That means a lot of young guys will have to step up in 2014.
“We’ve got some talent, but they haven’t figured out what to do just yet,” Thompson said. “We’ve got some kids to work with, they’re just not where [we’ve] been in the past.”
“We’re going to try to push these kids,” said senior Tyrell Richards. “Keep them on the right track.”
Thompson is excited though, that there are 55 players in camp. That’s the most he’s seen in recent memory.
The seniors said it’s up to them to lead the younger players.
“We just have to teach them all we know and [point] them in the right direction,” Waites said.
Lewis said the seniors are already working with the youngsters on being disciplined, listening to the coaches, and getting in shape.
And staying out of trouble in school, Richards added.
Carvers Bay is scheduled to host its annual jamboree on Aug. 16, scrimmage Cross on Aug. 19, and participate in the Hemingway jamboree on Aug. 22.
The regular season begins Aug. 29, with the Bears hosting Johnsonville.