HI HAT, Ky. (WYMT) - Despite going 3-7 a year ago and suffering a first round exit from the class a playoffs, expectations for the upcoming season are high for the South Floyd Raiders, mainly because they return 2,000 yard rusher Weston Little, who returns for an even better campaign in 2012.
"I believe I'm in better shape. I believe I'm stronger. My line, I believe my line is better this year. They help me out a lot," says Little.
Little looks to improve on a junior season that saw him rush for more than 2,000 yards and nearly 25 touchdowns, and he looks to do so behind what should be a very good offensive line.
"We've got one of the better lines that we've had up there in a while," says Raider head coach Don Daniels. "From tackle to tackle, we're looking at one of the better lines. A.J. Johnson is back for his fourth year."
Johnson adds, "Any of the five people that we put on the offensive line has played it before, so we're pretty confident that you can't put three people, or five people, or eleven people in front of us that we can't move."
One concern for South Floyd will be the defense. Last season the Raiders allowed more than 41 points per game, and one focus during the off season has been an improved secondary.
"We've got to be able to cover people when we face passing teams, and i think with this defense, it gives a little bit more flexibility to cover what we need to get covered back in the secondary," says Daniels.
"We have a good defensive coach," says South Floyd senior Brady Johnson. "I believe he's going to be sending us a lot. The linebackers are going to go hard all four quarters."
South Floyd opens their 2012 season on the road on Friday, August 24th, when they visit county rival Betsy Layne.