GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Scott County returns plenty of talent from last year's team that made it to the state semifinals, but this year will be a new team on a new journey.
"If you go from here to Cynthiana, there are about three different ways to go," said head coach Jim McKee. "They are all different and they all provide a different challenge, and every team is different and has a different challenge."
"It's always unique every year, and every year has different kids, and different group and different talent," said tight end Cade Mullins. "I mean we got a lot of returning starters and so we have a lot of experience and young guys that have been playing."
The Cardinals return two of their top three rushers in Austin Barnett and Payton Brown, as well as leading receiver Glenn Covington. Cade McKee takes over at quarterback, but the best player on the team is a lineman, Virginia Tech commit Bryan Hudson. His coach says he's the best player in the state.
"The thing that separates Bryan in high school football, he's going both ways, playing every play against a 6A schedule," said McKee. "When I watch Bryan play I say if he stays healthy I think he'll be an NFL football player."
Scott County's schedule, which includes a pair of Cincinnati schools, should prepare the Cards for another deep postseason run.
"I really like it because it really does prepare us for the playoffs when you play Male, St. X and Trinity," said defensive tackle Christian Carter. "We can go back-to-back weeks and still have that intensity."