The way Glenn Hills coach Emmett Watkins sees things, there is no where to go but up. After an 0-10 campaign in 1998, the Spartans are looking to do just that.
"We're young but there is a lot of potential," Watkins said. "We had a lot of people take their licks last year and we're hoping that will pay off."
A strong offensive backfield will be counted on early in the season, led by returners Jerome Perrin and Kevin Hughes. Junior tailback Willie Hamblin and freshman Ricky Gunn will also seek playing time.
Senior Nick Primus takes over for Ben Brown at quarterback and inherits a solid receiving corps, led by senior Charles Deloach. Senior Michkael Sims and a pair of juniors in Brandon McDaniel and Carl Mitchell will likely see action also. Receiver is one position that has Watkins excited.
"We have some pretty good receivers that can catch the football if we can get it to them," Watkins said.
The position that could determine Glenn Hills' fate is the offensive line, where only a handful of starters return. Senior Frederick Taylor will anchor the line at tackle while a pair of sophomores, Michael Miles and William Perdue return at left tackle and center respectively. Junior Ricky Thomas and Peter Glenn are also offensive line candidates.
"Our offensive line could be the best in terms of talent that I've ever had here," Watkins said. "But they're puppies, young and inexperienced. I mean, if those guys gel, who knows what could happen."
Most of the offensive line will also see action on the defensive side as well. Perrin is back at middle linebacker while Taylor and Thomas will line up at defensive end and nose guard, respectively.
McDaniel, Sims and Hamblin will likely get the nod in the defensive secondary.
"We've got a lot of decent talent," Watkins said. "We have a lot of question marks on defense and our quarterback is unproven. And overall, we're lacking at depth to be a solid football team. Our next couple of weeks will determine if we'll actually compete in this region or not."