Roger Bacon High School will field one of the most experienced football teams in the program’s recent history. The Spartans return eighteen seniors who hope to use the struggles of the past two seasons as fuel to make the most of their final season.
“We are very experienced. A lot of our 18 seniors had to play varsity as sophomores, and they took a lot of lumps,” said head coach Kevin Huxel. “Hopefully, they have learned from that and it pays dividends this year.”
Slaton Brummett will start at quarterback after seeing limited action the past two seasons. He is a dual-threat quarterback with a strong arm and will be a threat to run each time he drops back. He will benefit from the protection of guard Ryan Barnes and center Paul Tepe, both three-year starters.
“Their experience really helps him,” said Huxel. “All the players are starting to get a real grasp of our offense.”
Receivers John Byrd, Kevin Schnedl, and Jordan Williams will be Brummett’s top targets. Byrd and Schnedl also start in the secondary. Linebacker Andrew Hawkins and defensive tackle Sam Brown also lead the defense.
This season could be a turning point for the program. All of the seniors are motivated by their performance the past two seasons. They bounced back from a winless 2012 as sophomores to help lead the Spartans to four wins in 2013.
This is the year that they have been looking forward to. This is their chance to leave an impressive legacy by becoming the Roger Bacon class to turn a winless team into a winner in the span of three seasons.
“If we can get consistent effort, we can do something special,” said Huxel.
The Spartans open the season on Aug. 29 vs. Valley View.
Aug. 29: Vs. Valley View
Sept. 5: At North College Hill (Location TBA)
Sept. 12: Vs. Western Hills, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19: Vs. Badin
Sept. 26: At Alter
Oct. 3: Vs. Chaminade Julienne
Oct. 10: At Carroll
Oct. 17: Vs. Bishop Fenwick
Oct. 25: At McNicholas, 1 p.m.
Oct. 31: At Purcell Marian
All games 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.