Our DQ Grill and Chill Pigskin Previews takes us our west to Pulaski County where the Maroons were bitten by the graduation bug.
The 2011 Pulaski County Maroons have a tough act to follow. With 18 seniors graduating, most of them at the skill position.
The Maroons have the blueprint in place to make another run in the playoffs. Pulaski has a new quarterback in Sophomore Aaron Smith who takes over for All-Mountain signal caller, Zack Eastham.
“We've been practicing hard,” Smith says. “I think after all the repetition I’ll be down by then. But I think when the first game starts, I’ll be nervous but when as soon as it starts it'll be good.”
Also coming out this season is Running back Tyler Goins. He says the Offense will still be able to score points.
“We've got three nice backs,” Goins says. “Me seen haste and Alec Wooldridge. We should be pretty good. Hit the hole hard.”
But the strength of this team will be its experienced Offensive line. Coach John Hines has many returning starters and they will rely on the guys in the trenches in 2011.
“The best football that we play this year will be on the line of scrimmage,” Hines says. “Those are the guys that are going to be the strength of our team. We're hopeful that we're able to have some success on the line of scrimmage and hopefully propel our team.”
Pulaski County gave up only 16 points a game and while the Maroons lose several starters on defense, they are out to prove they will be as tough as they were last year.
“We had 11 guys that just played but we had more than that,” senior lineman, Justin Cornett says. “There were actually guys that could perform just as well as they did and that kind of carries over to where we are now.”
This team wants to prove they are more than those 18 seniors that graduated. They will have the chance on August 20th against Hopkinsville.