LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Anderson County finished 4-7 last year and that's back to back sub-500 seasons for the first time since 2004 and 2005, but the Bearcats were in several close games.
"You know you play South Oldham, the best team they've ever had in school history and they just went 12-1 I think," said coach Mark Peach. "We played them to the very end. We get an opportunity to play for the district championship at home. We have fourth and goal at the one, with a chance to possibly win it against Madison Southern. We don't pull that out. Our first round playoff game against an 8-2 football team, we go to overtime and lose that one in a cliffhanger."
So Anderson County was more competitive than the record showed. Bryndon Labhart was a horse for the Bearcats, but he's gone. So Blake Franklin must step up along with Tyler Peters, and there are others.
"Well it's me and a few other teammates," said Franklin. "I think it's just all around going to be a team thing this year. I mean we are a big old team and I mean were young, but I just think we're going to be really good."
Since Mark Peach took over his alma matter he has turned the Bearcats into a perennial winner. It wasn't that long ago when Anderson County was in the state finals. So to return the first goal has to be achieved.
"My number one goal for this team as to when the district championship because we've lost two years in a row," said Austin Watts. "The past two or three years it's been like a nailbiter, real close and I think it's just time to change."