Anderson County adds speed to diverse roster

Published: Aug. 2, 2018 at 11:15 PM EDT
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Anderson County had its typical solid year last season going 8-4 and this year return a wealth of diversity and experience.

"It's offense and defense. A lot of these guys will be on the kicking game you know what I'm saying?", says head coach Mark Peach who begins his 14th season at his alma mater. "They will be specialty guys and be doing that as well. That's what's nice is we have some interchangeable parts."

Offensively, the Bearcats have added some firepower in the form of Montgomery County transfer Charles Collins who had 2,004 yards and 29 touchdowns, but he's not alone.

"Him (Collins), (Brennan) Maxberry, Zach Labhart, they are all three really good and hard nosed," believes senior linebacker Colton Cornish. "They will push the ball up your throat."

Senior linebacker and halfback Justin Wilhoit adds more. "This year we have some quicker receivers and our quarterback is smarter and he's doing good in practice. He is throwing the ball and we're doing good catching the ball so I think we're going to add a little bit more passing."

Anderson County's 3-4 defense should be better with the added, but watching district rival Madison Southern advance to the 5A finals. That's bothered the Bearcats who lost to Southern 14-11 in the second round of the playoffs.

"I want that this year," says Cornish. "I wish that was us last year and we had a good run at it and I think we could've gone as far as they could."

Peach, who has had winning seasons in ten of his 13 seasons, thinks he could have a special team. "If we can kind of capitalize on how we started in the mid season on last year in the playoffs, if we can carry that over then we should be in good shape this year."