By: Asher Wildman | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
July 27, 2017
PERRY, Fla. (WCTV) -- Taylor County's 2016 season ended in a three-team tiebreaker between the Bulldogs, Florida High and Pensacola Catholic with Florida High taking the district title.
The Bulldogs slid their way into that three-way tie, losing their last five games of the season after jumping out to a 5-1 start.
Head Coach Tanner Jones talked about the disappointing end to last season, but was optimistic about what 2017 has in store.
"I can tell you, for us, we started the year off great...and then, the ending of our season, we did not show up. We have to bust our tail every week to get better every single day."
Quarterback Josh Mixon echoed Jones' statements, saying "we have to be mentally tough and finish," if the Bulldogs want a successful 2017 season.
Below, you can view the Taylor County transcript from WCTV's Media Day live blog. If you missed anything from Media Day, you can visit the live blog by clicking here.
Taylor County is represented by head coach Tanner Jones, Josh Mixon, Javon Ross and T.J. Lee.
Coach Jones’ opening statement
“Our team is returning 25 seniors. These guys have been with us for the past 6 years. We started when they were in seventh grade, and came up to the high school with a coaching change. They know my way. We’re very excited for the upcoming season.”
Coach Jones on getting over the hump with so many returners
“You’ve got to play every game, and you’ve got to enter every week with the mindset of being prepared. It doesn’t matter how many D1 athletes you have - if you’re not prepared, you’re not going to be successful. In order for us, and all of our seniors, to have a great year, we need to put 10 weeks of football together.”
Coach Jones on lessons learned in season-ending losing streak
“I’m sure they were upset, and then they have to look at us, and I’m not happy. For us, the challenge is to go out and bust our tail for 10 weeks. We’re not in a district, so we aren’t guaranteed playoffs. We’ve got to win every week.
Players on expectations to begin the year
Mixon - “Like coach said, we have to be mentally tough and finish.”
Players on how they survive when they play private schools as a public school
Mixon - “We’ve definitely gone up against some big private schools. Two years ago we played Providence and they didn’t think we’d win, but we did.”
Coach - “Like Josh just said, they’ve played Trinity - one of the best teams in Florida - and they’ve played them well. For us, we’ve already been through it. We’ve seen that talent, we’ve played at that level.”
Coach Jones on the importance of returning a quarterback
“With Josh, I can yell at him any time I want and he takes it. He’s coachable. A lot of our guys are coachable. You can’t replace a coachable kid.”