Our DQ Grill and Chill Pigskin Previews continue down south with Whitley County. The Colonels got hot at the right time last year and look to continue that momentum in 2011.
Whitley County has high hopes for 2011 after a season of ups and downs last year. The Colonels lost 5 of their first 6 games before turning it on in district play to finish at .500 and a trip to the second round of the playoffs.
Coach Jim Black says his team is young and will once again get better as the season goes along.
“Each game is going to be a learning process and each practice is going to be a learning process,” Black says. “We've just got to get better every day, every week and take it from there and hopefully at the end of the year you're ready to go.”
Returning for the Colonels is Running back Jordan Chute who ran for more than 600 yards and five touchdowns. He says Whitley County despite their youth can be a contender for a state championship.
“If we play and keep our head on shoulders and stay as a team then yes we can compete at the state level,” Chute says.
But the bread and butter of this team will be its defense. With several returning veterans, Whitley County will be much improved after giving up a little more than 30 points a game last season.
“We've always been known for having a decent defense but i think having a good defense this year make us better,” Senior Center, Michael Hill says.
“Defensively, this could be one of the best teams we've had in years,” Senior Lineman Tim Smith says. “We've got an all senior defensive line, juniors and seniors as linebackers.”
The Colonels have a tough schedule with several teams that made deep playoffs runs last year... But this team believes it is their time and it starts August 26th on the road at Russell County.