LICK CREEK, Ky (WYMT) - The East Ridge Warriors are coming off a 1-9 season in class 3A District 8, but this season they dropped out of district play, and are now independent.
"Since we've dropped out of district play and have our own independent schedule now, our student athletes have came out excited. You know we have a new life out there with our football program, a lot of younger kids are coming out interested in playing. This is just a big step for us to get our football program off the ground to get it in the right direction," Said Coach Allen.
Senior Left Tackle Jordan Standifur agreed with his coach, "It can make us skyrocket. It can get our confidence up it can get our players ready to go. It opens the chance for us to win some games and that we can all do it and believe in ourselves."
The warriors only lost two starters from last season, with a year of experience they are raising their expectations for the season.
"Entering the season we expect to step and be leaders up all of our seniors are we're having a lot of returning players, we didn't lose much last year so we got most of the starters back," said Senior Quarterback Jacob Skeens.
Senior linemen Derek Bailey and Markus Freeman both agree saying they want to leave behind a great mark on this team.
"As a team that wins games classy, a team that works hard tries hard, goes for the most and lines up and plays football," said Bailey.
"I want to have a winning record. Train younger men to take our spot after we leave so the program continues to grow," said Freeman.
Coach Allen says his team is working hard in practice and can't wait for week zero.