LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The high school football season kicks off in 27 days and the East Jessamine Jaguars will try to improve on the 2013 season, which was plagued by injuries and mistakes caused by inexperience.
“By week six or seven, we were playing a JV team,” coach Mike Bowlin said. “I’m not kidding you. I was looking at kids that were starting, who were making significant plays on Friday, that early in the season were playing on Mondays.”
“That is a help for this season,” he said. “Those kids got a lot of experience, but it was baptism by fire.”
The Jaguars won just one game last season. They say getting off to a good start will be the key to gaining confidence this year.
“I really feel like the confidence level of everybody in our program is down and I’m not going to lie, including myself. We’re just tried and tried, and our kids have worked so hard for the last two year,” Bowlin said.
“I think winning the first couple of games is very important,” Josh Peyton said. “Especially winning the West (Jessamine) game.”
“We came in thinking we were going to be really good and a lot of things didn’t go our way,” Spencer Maddon said.
Quarterback Corey Garrett is one of the bright spots for East Jessamine. The 6-foot-2 sophomore should be one of the Jaguars weapons.
“We can throw it around and hopefully that will open up the running game,” Bowlin said.
Bowlin hopes a successful passing attack will provide a spark and put more check marks in the win column.
“When I got to East Jessamine, I realized there was a certain mentality about the team,” he said. “So power football fit better. I think when you have a special talent and some kids can throw it and some kids can catch it, you’ve got to play to your strengths.”
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