Stewarts Creek High School will make the debut of its football team official Friday at Ravenwood High School.
It will be the start of a new era for the Red Hawks, which opened its school doors less than two weeks ago.
Starting a new football team in one of the state’s toughest districts won’t be an easy task, but there is reason for hope among the new Red Hawk faithful.
Here are five things to know on Stewarts Creek’s football team with the team’s opener just two days away.
1. New coach brings instant credibility
Coach David Martin is anything but a starting-a-program coach. Or maybe, that’s exactly what he is, since SCHS couldn’t have picked a more seasoned veteran to lead the team in year one.
He’s won more than 200 games (212 to be exact), three state championships and he’s finished as the state-runner up five other times, most of which came during 21 seasons as the head coach of Goodpasture.
2. Building a program, not a record
Martin has talked about the importance of preparing his team for the long haul, not just the 2013 season.
While wins may be tough to come by this season, instilling the type of pride and work ethic necessary to win down the road is what’s most important to him at this point.
Winning is fun and ultimately why the players play. But the players must realize the importance this year’s team has in laying a proper foundation for future players can’t be underestimated.
3. Skill players a strength for team
The Red Hawks will run the Wing-T offense, something Martin perfected during his time with the Cougars.
And they should have the skill players to drive opposing defenses a little crazy. Cynterius Lyons, Marsallis Snoden, T.J. York, Jerry Carnell and Connor Helton will all touch the ball at some point on offense, which will be under the direction of junior quarterback Mason Hall.
And most of them will play defense too. Expect to a few others to contribute along the way as well.
4. Both lines are thin on depth
For all the depth the skill positions have, the offensive and defensive lines have just the opposite.
Martin has gone on record as saying the team will go as far in 2013 as the lines will take them.
Keeping guys healthy and finding a way to work together on both sides of the ball will be imperative, especially in trying to run the Wing-T.
5. Notching the first win
There will be growing pains in year one, just as you might expect with any first-year program. And trying to compete with the big boys in 7-AAA won’t be easy either.
But there are several opportunities to get the program’s first win too.
Ravenwood and Summit are picked to finish near the bottom of 11-AAA and the same can be said of Gallatin too in 9-AAA.
Plus, there’s an opportunity to get the school’s first 7-AAA win in its first home game against La Vergne on Sept. 6.