Early prep thoughts
The team I've heard referred to by two coaches as the team on the rise is the Calvary Cavaliers. Two opposing coaches from District 1-1A favor the Cavs to finish second to Evangel.
At least three schools that have been down may not be zooming out of the cellar just yet, but I hear positive things from them.
One is Green Oaks, where coach Steve Dennis believes he has a talented defensive group. He's going to go with speed rather than size on defense, and that makes sense when the Giants are chasing guys like Jeremy Jefferson from BTW and Lambert Tasby and Co. at Benton.
Lakeview coach Mark Anding says he's going to go with two platoons this year, even if it means putting younger players on the field. Players going both ways get tired in the fourth quarter, and it could give the Gators more chances to win late. It will also pay off next year, when twice as many players have starting experience.
Many's new coach, Jason McElveen, is off to a great start just by answering the phone. The Times didn't get one return call from the previous administration. In two years. He says there is plenty of talent there, and here's hoping the Tigers get to enjoy winning games again.
Keep reading. I'll tell you what I hear around town.