SOMERSET, Ky (WYMT) - Class 2A District 7 is arguably one of the tougher districts in the state. With Middlesboro, Lexington Christian, and Danville, the Somerset Briar Jumpers have their work cut out for them to take home the District Title in 2013.
"Our district is really good. I think our district is the toughest in 2A. I think LCA is going to be tough. I think Middlesboro is going to be really tough and Danville is always athletic. So I think it's going to be really tough and should be good," said Senior Running Back and Defensive Back and Will Lange.
But the Briar Jumpers aren't just setting their sights on a District Championship, they want something everyone else in their district has achieved.
"I say it every year, we're in a district with Danville, LCA and Middlesboro those three teams all have in common is they've won a State Title, we're the only team in that district that hasn't done that. It is something we're striving for, trying to push through and hopefully this team will have what it takes to get us there," said Head Coach Robbie Lucas.
Somerset returns quite of bit of players from the last season, Coach Lucas says they could possibly start 8 or 9 seniors on both sides of the ball. Over the past few seasons, the Briar Jumpers are 10-0 against district opponents, and last season they held teams to 12 points per game.
"Our O-line is real deep, D-line is also real deep. Defense is a lot returning, just have a lot of depth toward our team," said Senior Lineman Kagen Skidmore.
In order for Somerset to reach their lofty goals, they need to overcome a few weaknesses.
"We've not been able to get very physical, we've had some injuries that have happened right now so I want to see what this team can do when we line up against somebody," said Coach Lucas.
But with that said, this is a focused team, from the beginning of the preseason to celebrating on top at the end of the season.
"I think you win it in the summer and work hard everyday in the summer and eventually you show what you did in the summer in the fall," said Senior Wide Receiver Cam Cheuvront.
And they won't be satisfied, unless they're playing in Bowling Green, "State Championship, we fell the past four years, ever since I've been an 8th grader we've been to the State Championship or Semi-State and failed every time and came up a little short. So to be successful is to win it all," said Lange.
The Briar Jumpers face off against their cross-town rival Pulaski County in the Ray Corell Bowl Friday August 23rd.