Brian Kmak enters his 10th season as head coach of the Titans, and hopes to turn things around after posting a 1-9 record last year. The Titans haven’t had a winning season since they went 10-2 in 2007. Kmak will look to move foward this season. He will rely on his experienced seniors to lead.
Q: You’re opening up your season against Mater Dei, what expectations do you have going into that game?
A: That’s always a good game for the last 20 years or so because that’s been our Thanksgiving Day rival. They have beaten us the last few years, and I think our kids are looking foward to that game because we usually play them at the end of the year. They have a great coaching staff over there, and they are a catholic school so they are starting to get a lot of good players into their program. We look foward to the challenge, and we are preparing each day to win that first game of the season. We go through scrimmages, but we are really focusing on that first game against Mater Dei.
Q: How will the return of quarterback Ryan Kurtz and wide receiver Kevin Shepherd benefit your offense?
A: Just experience. I think, for Ryan, you hope over time the game slows down for him a bit. After a year and half of varsity experience we will see him be more comfortable this season. Kevin Shepherd is a good target for him, and he has great hands. We have added some people this year so we can move Kevin around so he’s not lined up in that weak side wide out position. Between the two of them, they are going to be a huge factor in how our offense performs.
Q: Do you think your team will be able to put last season behind them, and have a positive mindset this season?
A: It’s tough. That’s the biggest thing we worry about, but I think they can. I think in the offseason the hard work they put in has given them the confidence to take that out on to the field. They are stronger, bigger and faster, but we need to get that first win against Mater Dei. We need to start the season off the right way.