Sunday, August 17, 2008.
12 wins in 2005. 10 wins in 2006. 11 wins in 2007. Without a doubt, The Bamberg Ehrhardt Red Raiders are good. But in 2008, this is a team that wants to be great.
And for this team, great means a state championship, especially after last year's near-miss. The Red Raiders went all the way to the upper state championship before losing 13 to 10. But there may be a silver lining to the loss, because it gives this year's team some motivation to do even better.
"Yeah, a lot," says senior QB Zack Godley. "We just have to bounce back from losing all the players we lost last year."
"It helped prepare us to get ready because now we have the mentality that we got to do better than last year and just keep pushing forward," says senior lineman Jeffery Salley.
The Red Raiders do lose a big-time player in Daquan Bowers but the biggest change may be at the top. Head coach Ron Duncan is gone and former assistant coach Butch Crosby is in. The new coach has been with the team for seven years and so far, the coaching change has been nothing but positive.
"The kids worked real hard during the offseason from the time I took over. The mentality has changed," says Crosby. "They know what type of guy I am, know what type of coach I am, know what I expect and they've been doing a great job responding to it."
Crosby has changed the offense this year and says this year's team will be a more downhill team. The team will find out if those changes were for better or worse quickly, playing in week zero this Friday against Edisto.