WARREN — The Warren Lumberjacks return several starters from their 2013 squad and most of those players probably still have a sour taste in their mouth.
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MONTICELLO — Most people wouldn’t reasonably expect to turn around a football program, especially one that has gone winless the past three seasons, over one offseason.
In his first-ever head-coaching job at the senior high level, Watson Chapel head coach Jared Dutton is well aware of the pressure that awaits him as he tries to return the Wildcats to a champion-quality program.
Last season, the Dollarway Cardinals finished undefeated in the regular season and made it to the semifinals of the 4A state tournament before being eliminated by Booneville. They had a Division I signee in senior quarterback Josh Liddell and a talented wide receiver/defensive back in Kabion Ento — who graduated and signed with Arkansas Tech. But that is now all in the past. “It is a new year,” Dollarway head coach Cortez Lee said. “The guys have put the great accomplishments they had from last year behind him.
Ridgway Christian have been very blessed in their short amount of time as a football program. The Eagles won six games in their first year and went undefeated in its second season — including an American Association of Christian Schools state championship. “Knowing what Southwest Christian had coming back and how strong Mount Olive was, I was pleasantly surprised by what we did last year,” Ridgway head coach Trent Young said. All good things must come to an end eventually, however, as the Eagles are staring down the barrel of a tough 2014 season.
SHERIDAN — Having only won six games in the past two seasons, the Sheridan Yellowjackets may have finally found the experience they need to put the past behind them and finally produce a successful season.
FORDYCE – Twelve seniors graduated in the spring including eight or nine who were three-year starters forcing the Fordyce Redbugs to re-evaluate their offensive scheme.
RISON — Head coach Clay Totty — in his 17th season with the program — believes this is the most athletic team he has had in a while.
WOODLAWN — For the first time in five years, the Woodlawn Bears are dealing with something they are definitely not used to — high expectations.
STUTTGART — As one of the four schools in the Southeast Arkansas area to hire a new head football coach over the offseason, the Stuttgart Ricebirds have a lot to prove after a down season last year.