LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) Henry Clay is trying to dig itself out of a hole. Last year the Blue Devils went 3-7-1 and with several key losses to graduation or transfer, Sam Simpson is still trying to figure out what kind of hand he has been dealt.
"We've got a lot of talent," says Simpson. "We've got a lot of speed. More starters back then I have had back in the last couple of years."
Last year Henry Clay played three quarterbacks, but this year Beau Carroll will begin the season as the starter.
"We distribute the ball pretty well to the running backs and to our receivers," says Carroll. "Langston Jackson, Michael McMullen, Raymond Jackson, and Isaiah Adkins are getting the ball most of the time on offense."
The offensive line returns four starters and could be the strength, but the Devils have to find and keep one key ingredient.
"The offensive line returns four starters and could be the strength, but the Devils have to find and keep one key ingredient.
Blue Devils lineman Charlie Henry chimes in.
"I think the main thing is we need to work on is just consistency. Like we have consistency in some areas, and some aspects like the offensive line but getting it to all flow together is what we really just need to work on."
Henry Clay always has top-notch speed and skill, but can they put it all together?
Receiver Tyree Clarke is super confident.
"This year I think actually we are really good. We've got a lot of speed and a lot of people who will go out and make plays and we are working with and I think we've got what it takes to be like the past years but even better."
Simpson, who has taught health and P.E. at Henry Clay High School since 1993, believes his team could be in contention within the city come season's end.
"So if character is a measure, we are going to go along way. So when you had talent, you add execution, and if we stay healthy, all those things come together you will still be talking to me later in the year."