Somerset Briar Jumpers look for six titles in a row

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - No matter what class they have played in, whether 2A or 3A, Somerset has been dominating lately, winning five consecutive regional championships.

But after losing a drove of rabbits to graduation and transfer, this team is young in many areas.

"Like you said, we graduated 20 last year so we don't have one guy we can lean on," said lineman Adam Buteyn. "We've got to be a team this year."

Somerset coach Robbie Lucas has been through the wars, but not with a team this inexperienced.

"Not in the 16-17 years I have been here at Somerset, and a couple of years I was at Lincoln, we weren't this young. We probably have and will see possibly six to eight freshmen that will play and see significant time on offense and defense, and that's not counting special teams."

Quarterback Castle Hatcher returns after an outstanding in 2013, passing for 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns. Despite the Jumpers' leading rusher transferring, the offense should be on point.

"Our offense is starting to click real good," Buteyn said. We've been running plays after plays after plays. We're strong and we're smart and I think that will play to our benefit this year."

This team has endured some preseason hardships, but at the end of the day, tradition doesn't graduate at Somerset. Somerset utility player Brycen McWilliams says the secret to success really isn't a secret.

"We just need to play our game, play the way we can, work our butts off, and we will get there. We're strong, we're smart, and we can do it. This is Somerset football."

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