It’s time for another stop in Pike County as our DQ Grill and Chill Pigskin Previews roll on. The Shelby Valley Wildcats are out with the old, and in with the new.
It's a changing of the guard at Shelby Valley. A New coach, a new system, and a new attitude. Aaron Stepp returns to the mountains to lead this wildcat squad. He know's he's inherited a young team, but he's looking forward to the challenge.
“We’ve got some kids who had a little experience, but they’ve had experience in three or four different schemes,” Stepp says. “So the biggest thing we have to overcome is that and try to get our young kids up to speed and then get our older kids taught in our system.”
The wildcats have options at the running back position who say this team's offense wont change much from teams in the past.
“Our running game should be the main purpose for any other team we play against because that’s what we’re mainly about,” Senior running back Logan Lucas says.
Shelby Valley's chances for a successful season could be focused on the line. With some returning starters, it will help open holes on offense, and close them on defense.
“We’ve both worked really hard on both sides of the ball,” Senior Lineman Wesley Adkins says. “We’ve got a lot of young guys that have come out this year. We don’t have too many seniors to lead, but we’re coming out and giving it our all.”
This team was 3-8 last season. The seniors on this team expect better and have put in the hard work to turn the Valley program around.
“That’s one of the main things I want to do here,” Senior Running Back Lucas Fields says. “I want to set goal for other people. I want the young kids to look up and say I want to be like him. I want them to step up too.”
The Valley dwellers want to get better after each week. And expect nothing less from each other to leave it all out on the field.