Monday Aug. 24, 2009
Augusta, GA--Ask most coaches and they'll tell you they usually don't have much patience. For Laney and coach Lemuel Lackey, he's had to have plenty of it here in the early going. With almost an entirely new starting crew, the wildcats and fans need to be a little patient out of the gate.
19 seniors are gone from last year's team leaving plenty of holes to fill on both sides of the ball. While it's a legit excuse, don't expect it to be used much around the Wildcats. Coach Lackey feels his team is more athletic then previous seasons and that can overcome some of the youth the team has.
"That's one of the things, I think going into a season with this much inexperience and this much youth, you have to rely on some of those athletic abilities that will get you over the hump." said Laney coach Lemuel Lackey
Joe Tate and Martin Epps are two seniors who'll be relied upon heavily to lead the Cats. Tate feels they've worked the hardest they ever had. He also knows there's no "i" in the word team.
"We just have to work as a team" said senior Joe Tate "I mean everybody has to do their own assignment. There's no superstars anymore, none of that. We just have to work hard and just play as a family. I mean we have no choice but to play as a family and we have no choice but to have each others' backs."
The Cats will once again have to run the gauntlet of one of the toughest regions around. You see every game is a region game and they start on the road at Jefferson County.