The Dragons return two one-thousand yard rushers in 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
Its a new era at William Monroe high school with first-year head coach Jon Rocha at the helm.
The Dragons return 21 seniors, as well as two one-thousand yard rushers.
With all these pieces in place, coach Rocha is excited about the season ahead.
"Its going to be a special year. I tell them, what that means...I don't know. If its a winning season. If its a district championship. If its going deep into the playoffs. I don't know"
Senior outside linebacker and offensive guard Dylan Schaff also expressed a positive outlook for 2014.
"I think its going to be one of the better seasons we've had in a while. We've got a lot of experience returning. Most of our guys are three-year starters. And coach Rocha. We all love him.
Senior Middle Linebacker Joshua King said that the team looks to have a lot more depth than in the seasons before.
"The expectation is high. With a lot of seniors we believe the season is going to be something special. And we also got a lot of new guys coming up. For the first time ever at William Monroe we have a lot of competition at every single position."
William Monroe is not only a team filled with experience, but they also bring brains with 14 players holding a 4.0 GPA or higher.
Coach Rocha noted that having smart players makes teaching them the game much easier.
"Having intelligent players is just a blessing, but with 21 seniors you also get physical players."
Senior offensive and defensive tackle Mark Williamson explained how the team as a whole benefits from everyone knowing their assignments.
"They help a lot of the other guys out and just calling plays. And we adapt a lot. Like when a blitzing line backer comes up...everyone knows what to do. Its just a smart group of guys."
In the past the Dragons have emphasized the ground game in their offense.
This season coach Rocha said he is looking to change things up on that side of the ball.
"We're going to try and pass a lot more. Get more balance. Get people out of the box on us. If they want to put nine in the box then we're going to try and air it out and if they cover that, then we're going to start running the ball again.
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