The Dollarway Cardinals have set a high goal for themselves this season – a state championship.
“Right now we have the usual goals,” Dollarway head coach Cortez Lee said. “We want to win our conference and win a state championship.”
In order to accomplish that goal, Lee said he will lean on his senior leadership.
“We have to be more accountable,” Lee said. “We also will be developing a little bit more depth this year.”
Dollarway finished last year 10-2 and co-conference champions in the 8-4A and made it to the second round of the state tournament before being knocked out.
“With the experience that we have coming back on both offense and defense, I think we will have a good team,” Lee said.
It is still early in the spring practice, so Lee wasn’t able to “quite put a number attached to it yet.”
“Some teams you know how they are,” Lee said of the rest of the conference. “As we long as we take care of the things that we can.
“I think we might be able to do even better than last year.”
Dollarway has lost 10 seniors to graduation including three on defense and three on offense.
“I think we have guys that could replace them,” Lee said. “Jeremiah Young was instrumental in our call playing last year and so was Davonne Chapman.”
Young and Chapman played on the basketball team, which made it to the semifinals of the state tournament, as well.
Junior Joshua Liddell will probably start at quarterback for the Cardinals.
“He is ahead right now based on his experience with the program,” Lee said. “He is getting a lot of reps in practice.”
Adrian Alford and Casey Higgens are also making good strides according to Lee.
Dollarway will open up its season against West Helena at home.