Eleven wins in 2009 surprised Thomas County Central. A group of returning veterans look to take that success and have it carry over to the 2010 season.
TCCHS head coach Bill Shaver says,
"A little different show we're in this year. Last year they were all battling for positions and battling for respect and we didn't have a whole lot of it heading into the season. As the season went along we started to gain some confidence and we got those eleven wins in a row and now we got all those back. We have to make sure they can build on it knowing that they have starting jobs locked up, but they have to make sure to continue each day to try to improve."
On offense the Jackets will showcase a variety of looks while running the veer.
TCCHS senior quarterback Eric Dodson adds,
"We're going to be able to mix it up a little bit. Me having a little bit more experience now. I threw for over 1,000 yards last year so the defense will have to watch out for the run and the pass."
The defense will be lead by the top defensive end prospect in the state Ray Drew, who lead the Jackets in sacks and tackles for loss.
TCCHS senior defensive end Ray Drew adds,
"Last year we ran a 4-4 and this year we're going to a 4-3. We just have to get everybody familiar with their positions and what they're supposed to do, where they need to be at times and what their responsibility is and we'll make it."
A new looked region 1-4A offers new competition for the Jackets but the goal is still the same.