Boyle County looks to repeat
It is a December ritual we have seen Boyle County celebrate eight times in 20 years, hoisting a state championship. The Rebels have a wealth of talent returning, primarily at the skill positions with quarterback Reed Lanter, running backs Landen Bartleson and Tanner Crawford, receivers Reese Smith and Reiley Colwick. Boyle County is loaded.
Ned Stephens recalls, "They threw the ball well, caught the ball well, and it's really nice to have them back because having a young line, we don't have that much experience. So we are going to have to rely on them a lot."
Coach Chuck Smith adds, "We do have good enough players up front to win the state championship. In order for that to happen, I really believe our skill people have got to be better than they were last year. They can't be as good as they were, they have to be better."
The Rebels are thin in numbers and thin in bodies on both the offensive and defensive lines losing six of their top nine linemen.
"The size has really decreased from last year," says Aaron Hatter, a Rebels tackle. He continues"But I don't really know if it's the size of the man or the fight he is going to put out."
Last season Boyle County won their games by an average of 35 points a game. If the Rebs have their way, you could see similar results this season and the seniors want to go out with another state crown.
"I think it may take a week or two just to get everybody used to it," Hatter says of starting the season. "But I think as soon as that is done we're going to be able to do what we have to do and we will be able to open up on people like you said."
Stephens agrees, "It's really important because it is our last time and we already got a taste of that but we were juniors and this is our team this year and we want to set a good example and set the bar high again."