By: Asher Wildman | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
August 9, 2017
CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The War Eagles finished 2016 as the 5-A, District 2 runners up to Rickards last year, and this year, are eyeing not just a return to the post season, but the top spot in the district.
"We feel, where we're at this year, the sky is the limit for this team," head coach Barry Klees said to the media at the 4quartersonline Media Day.
“I feel confident in what we did last year, and with it being my last year, I’m excited to go out and go out with a bang,” added Isaiah Lewis.
The War Eagles start their season off against Madison County, and if the Wakulla offense can put up points this year, than this team should be pretty special, considering their defense only gave up around 11 points per game a year ago.
Another strong point for WHS this year will be their senior class.
"We are real excited about our senior leadership this year," Klees said. "They have been phenomenal. They're showing good leadership and that's what it takes.
"Our young guys are catching on - we have young guys in key positions that are growing and learning. So, we're proud of our effort. We're proud of where we're at. We are excited."
“When you play with someone since middle school," added Austin Nichols, "They become your brother. When a play goes bad, you don’t get mad at them, you just know you’re going to fix it."
Below, you can view the Wakulla transcript from WCTV's Media Day live blog. If you missed anything from Media Day, you can visit the live blog by clicking here.
Wakulla is represented by head coach Barry Klees, Morgan Stalvey, Isaiah Lewis and Austin Nichols
Coach Klees opening statements
“We’re coming off a 7-3 season last year, made the playoffs and went over to play a very tough West Florida team. We feel, where we’re at this year, the sky is the limit for this team. We have a good mixture of experience and youth. We have to hit the ground running - our first three games are right out of the game. We wanted to play Lincoln in the jamboree for a good early test.
Coach Klees on what he wants to see in 2017
“Fortunately for us, last year, we didn’t have a very heavy senior class. We were also very young on the offensive line, where this year, we’ll have a very experienced group. If the summer is any test of what this year will be, I’m very excited.
Coach Klees on coming up just short of a district title
“This group has worked hard this summer. We’ve participated in a lot of camps, and we plan to hit the ground running next week when we start practice. We start with a great test in Lincoln and if we can stay on the same field with them, we’ll be happy.”
Players on building off of success from last year
Lewis - “I feel confident in what we did last year, and with it being my last year, I’m excited to go out and go out with a bang.”
Nichols - “A lot of us are gonna go out there with a chip on their shoulder.”
Stalvey - “We’re looking forward to this year.”
Coach Klees on preparing his players for every game
“We go into offseason conditioning, and even our in-season program, with the mindset that we are going to play 15 games that year. Our goal is to get better every week. Our goal is to continuously find improvements. We feel our natural advantage within our district is how physical we play. We feel that being as strong and physical as we can be evens the playing field.”
Players on advantages of playing with teammates longer than most schools
Lewis - “Going to camps helps bond us. It’s an advantage on the field because after a while, people start to break down on the field against one another.”
Nichols - “When you play with someone since middle school, they become your brother. When a play goes bad, you don’t get mad at them, you just know you’re going to fix it."