Coming off of an 8-4 season in 2017, the Lee High School football team enters 2018 with a new head coach and a lot of fresh faces on defense but as they dive into 2018, they've got high expectations, especially on offense.
"We're very fortunate because we have our entire offense pretty much coming back," first year hed coach Jerry Ross said. "We have an offensive line which are guys who we have had the luxury of coaching since they were freshman and sophomores and we're expecting big things out of them."
Pair those big men up front with a host of stellar skill players in Chris Reid, Dazarius Burks, Avarius Lewis and Antonio Baker, and the Genreals look to light up the scoreboard this season.
The big question for this team lies on the defensive side of the ball, they only return two starters from a group that ranked 8th in the state in points allowed per game. Luckily for Ross and company, they do return six kids who saw the field plenty last year, specifically five defnsive backs that he says will be utilized differently than they have been in years past while he was the team's defensive coordinator the previous three seasons.
"We want to be able to do some things with those guys that we weren't able to do last year with the bandit and the rover to be able to get that experience and to help with our defensive line," Ross said. "So for us to be able to come with some schemes and to be able to do some different stunts and blitz packages from the outside guys, that's one of the major differences in regards to the previous years."
Some new schemes we'll get a shot to see in action on Aug. 24 when the Generals open the 2018 season against the Columbia Eagles at 7:00 p.m. at Milton Frank Stadium.