The Western Albemarle football team won ten games in head coach Ed Redmond's first season on the sidelines last year, claiming the Jefferson District championship, and advancing to the second round of the state playoffs.
"It's going to be hard to duplicate what we did last year," says Redmond, "but our kids have pretty high expectations for themselves."
The Warriors scored over 35 points per game last year, and return the majority of their offense.
Senior quarterback Kent Henry says, "It's good that we already have chemistry that's there, so we just have to build off that. We have a few new guys who are out there working with us. It's a new game."
Senior wide receiver Steven Hearn says, "Quickly, we were already in tune, and it helps a lot to have a lot of returning starters, and as soon as we get out here, have that quick step."
The quarterback Henry is the engine that powers the Western attack.
He piled up 4,223 yards of total offense last year, and accounted for more than fifty touchdowns.
Hearn says, "Unbelievable, honestly. It's just great having a quarterback like that throwing to us."
"That's quite a year," says Redmond. "That's a heard thing to duplicate. Certainly, from my standpoint, there's no expectation to do that. I just think he's going to be the focal point of many defenses."
Henry says, "They can gameplan for us, but it's going to be tough stopping us."
The Warriors have been to the postseason four years in a row, and have set their goals high this year.
"State Championship, all the way," says Hearn.
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