MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Bill Shanks met with Central High School's third-year head football coach, Jesse Hicks, to talk about what to expect from the 2014 Chargers.
Coach Hicks is ready to get back to action this season and has high expectations to move the Chargers in a positive direction after only winning a single game last year and dropping nine. Despite the lackluster results, Hicks is excited to get back on the gridiron and will have eight players returning on both on offense and defense.
One of the most important key players among that group will be third year starter Derrick Evans. Evans has played several different positions in his three seasons with Central, including wide receiver and defensive back. This time around, he'll be lining up behind the center as the Chargers' quarterback.
Other key players coming back are wide receiver and defensive back Bobby Cummings, wide receiver Ivorie Childres, and tailback Jeremiah Daniels. All-Region and All-State Rashad Burney is returning as well, and will be playing on both offense and defense once the team hits the field.
The Chargers will also be returning all but one of their offensive linemen and will have plenty of experience on the defensive line as well.
"We've got a stable of guys defensively upfront that's going to be real good," Hicks says. "We're going to be hard to move around."
According to Hicks, this year could very well be the pivotal season that Central has been looking for. With only two non-region games, he says if Central can win early in the season, it may help with his team's confidence and momentum as they head into 2-AAA region play.
Central's first game will be August 29 at Wilkinson County.
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