HINTON — Seven wins in a row. That’s how the Bobcats closed out the 2018 regular season.
In the process, they earned themselves a spot in the Class A playoffs for the fourth-straight year.
“It kinda gives us high expectation for this season,” admitted senior wide receiver Tyler Miller. “We want to come in and do the same thing. We want to win games and make the playoffs.”
Last season’s postseason trip ended, however, with a first round loss to Williamstown. It closed the book on the careers of 13 seniors, but not before they left their mark.
“Getting to play with the older guys and getting to see what it’s like makes us push to be there,” said junior quarterback Will Taylor. “We want to be there again.”
“They’re real good at building you up, getting you ready,” added junior lineman Jalin Keaton. “We did lose a lot [of guys], but they made sure they helped to prepare us for when we had to go out there and play.”
This season it will be up to a much smaller senior class, along with a handful of juniors, to lead a young group. But, already, the underclassmen have impressed.
“We’ve got a lot of guys — a lot of younger guys — with some heart,” said senior linebacker Dylan Hardy. “Pretty athletic, you know, they want to be out on the field.”
And with some guidance and a little bit of time, the older guys are confident in the young guns’ ability.
“They’ll have some confidence under them and it might take a couple games — the first two scrimmages — but I feel like we’ll be a pretty tough team. Small, but strong and able to do what we need to do.”
The season begins for the Bobcats with PikeView on Friday, August 30.