BETSY LAYNE, Ky. (WYMT) - An 11-2 record and a second place finish in Class 2A District 8, sure the Betsy Layne Bobcats enjoyed one of the more successful seasons in program history, but they still lost in the first round of the playoffs, and this season it's about doing more. "You know, we've done the district thing. I want to be able to go the step farther," says head coach Jonathan Parsons, "and the only way that is is to win a playoff game."
"I believe we have more talent than we did last year, to win that one playoff game and to get over that peak and win the first 2A playoff game," adds senior wide receiver Lako Daniels.
But it is going to be a different looking offense. With record-breaking passer Dylan Hamilton gone Peyton Case will make the move from wide receiver to quarterback. "Peyton, he's got fast feet, and hopefully he will be able to use that and be a gain for us in the season," says Parsons, who is 39-38 in seven seasons with the Bobcats.
"Our group of guys this year, we have 14-15 seniors that work hard every day," says Case, who led Betsy Layne in receptions (48), receiving yards (1,012), and receiving touchdowns (13) in 2013. "We have a lot of athletes this year. I think we'll be able to use our athleticism on a lot of teams and spread the field out."
Which means returning wide outs such as Lako Daniels and Dustin Rogers will need to step up on the outside. Says Rogers, "Just to step up and improve my game to get better. Just working on catching the ball, working on my routes, perfecting them." Rogers was the Bobcats' second-leading receiver last season, recording 626 yards on 39 catches with six touchdowns.
This senior class has done a lot for the Bobcat program. "It's been an absolute great honor," reflects Case. "I love Betsy Layne. I bleed blue. I love going out on this field every Friday night and giving my all."
"It's meant the world. I love putting on the jersey every Friday night; playing for my school, playing for my coach, playing with my team," adds Daniels. "It's just the best feeling in the world."
But it's hoping it can leave one more mark before the final whistle is blown.