LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – One of the biggest surprises over the past two high school football seasons has been Bourbon Co. The Colonels begin the new season in search of their third straight region title.
After rattling off back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, and a pair region titles, the Colonels must replace some big weapons, including the school's all-time leading tackler, Dakota Mitchell.
"We have a lot to replace,” coach John Hodge said.
“That's just not on the field, but with leadership off the field."
The biggest change for this season comes on the defensive side of the ball. Former defensive coordinator Zach Massengill left to become the new head coach at Middlesboro. Steven Collins comes in from Clark Co. to run the defense, but with not as many stars.
“Last year's defense had a lot of talent and people were able to make plays,” cornerback Dalton Turner said. “This year, I believe, we're going to use a lot of teamwork and we're all going to have to come together.”
Offensively, the Colonels should have no trouble putting points on the scoreboard.
“From a coaching standpoint, I want to score and I want to score now,” Hodge said.
Running back Brent Holman returns to lead an offense that averaged 47 points a game in 2013.
"I believe we have enough talent. If we need to, we have the talent that can chew the clock up," Holman said.