Friday, August 15, 2008.
Young and Talented: Two words that can be used to describe this year's Washington-wilkes team. The Tigers now are hoping that the young talent will translate into some wins.
The team only lost 5 seniors from last year's 5-win team so expectations are high this season. At times last year, the Tigers were playing freshmen at key positions such as quarterback and runningback. but now, those freshmen are sophomores and that means they know what to expect now when they hit the field.
"We are still young and we still do have a lot of 10th graders starting but it's a lot better situation tahn having 5 or 6 freshmen running around like we did last year," said head coach Russell Morgan. "Hopefully, the kids will be ready to play."
"We had a really young team last year and we've been working hard all summer," said senior Drew Willson. "We've put in a lot of effort and hard work and our young team has grown up a lot in the last year so hopefully it will help out in the long run."
Some of the names to look out for include sophomore quarterback Deverius Jones and sophomore runningback Eric Scott, who is already projected to be one of the top prospects in the class of 2011. But beyond the bid names, this is a team that needs to get back in the winning frame of mind after last season.
"We need to stay positive and pick up from where we left off last year and build from it," says Morgan. "Not go backwards. Just get after it and play a little harder."
The schedule isn't very kind to the Tigers. the etam will face powerhouse teams such as Lincoln County and Thomson and will play six away games in a row starting in Week 3.