NEWBERRY — The Mid-Carolina High School football Rebels hope to improve after a 2013 season that saw them go winless.
Louie Alexander, head football coach for Mid-Carolina High School, is particularly optimistic based on the work he has seen his players put in at practice and in the weight room.
“I feel like we’ve had a really good off season,” Alexander said. “The seniors really bought into the weight program and came back bigger and stronger.”
Alexander said he feels improved strength should impact the play of the team, particularly its lineman, positively.
“We feel that our line could be one of our strengths,” Alexander said. “We’ve got some pretty solid skill players too.”
Alexander said the effort put in during the off-season will be reflected with a hard-nosed style of play on the field.
“Our kids are going to play hard,” Alexander said. “We’re excited about what we have.”
Alexander said this year Mid-Carolina High School will be running some spread offense.
“We’re going to attempt to run the football,” Alexander said. “We’ll probably play a couple of quarterbacks early on.”
Defensively, the Rebels will operate with three men on the line and five linebackers, but Alexander said they will also use some even fronts.
Alexander was reluctant to name specific players as expected standouts.
“It’s nice to celebrate as individual players, but I’d rather celebrate as a team,” Alexander said.
However, Alexander did praise the leadership and abilities of seniors Mac Flemon, Dante Boyd and Trimone Hall Gantt before again complimenting the work ethic of his entire team.
“We’ve got kids really buying in to what we’re trying to do,” Alexander said. “We’ve got a great group of kids.”
Another source of excitement for the Rebels is their season and home opening game, which pits them against the Chapin Eagles.
The game between the two rivals begins at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29.
“We’re going to have a tremendous environment for football,” Alexander said.