Fair Park Indians
2014 results: 6-5 (3-4 District 1-4A)
Head coach: Mike Greene (129-110 in 22 seasons as head coach, 18-25 in four seasons at Fair Park)
The buzz: Greene says this Fair Park squad has more speed than ever. The questions rest with experience and toughness. The Indians’ most recent graduating class helped transform the mind-set at Fair Park. This green group must continue the tradition.
On offense, he’s the man: Robert Rochell, Ath., Sr.
Rochell is one of three quarterbacks Greene expects to employ this season. However, no matter who is under center, expect the ball to find its way to the 6-foot-2, 160-pounder.
On defense, he’s the man: Cedric Pehl, RB/SS, So.
Even though he’s just 5-foot-7 and 145 pounds, Pehl will be counted on to bridge the gap from the Indians’ playoff-seasoned bunch to this inexperienced group.
Others to watch: Adrian Jefferson, TE/DE; Sr.’ Louis Smith III, QB/WR/CB
Inside the numbers: 99 (percent)
According to Greene, that’s how much offense is gone from 2014, including main weapon Se’Derrick Smith.
Don’t miss: Sept. 25 at Minden
Greene is unsure how “tough” his young squad is entering the 2015 season. A trip to “The Pit” will test that thoroughly.
Three questions with: Head coach Mike Greene
1. You have rebuilt this program. Is there a different attitude than the first season you arrived?
A: There is more confidence, but to me that works against us. The first day I got here, I was meeting the kids and asking, ‘what position do you play?’ They’d say, ‘Coach whatever position – we just want to win, wherever you put us.’ I was taking tight ends and making them quarterbacks, quarterbacks to tight ends. They just wanted to win, and they did. They busted their butt.
“Now, that confidence has made guys say, ‘I want to play here, I want to play here.’ So it works both ways. But these guys haven’t earned anything. It was those guys behind them.”
2. You have a big hole to fill with loss of Se’Derrick Smith, how do you replace him?
A: Our whole offense is gone. We lost it all – 99 percent of it. It’s going to be interesting. There is some talent. You still have to know how to play the game. I don’t know how tough we are. We have more speed than we’ve had in four years.”
3. Is Robert Rochell the key to the process?
A: “We’re going to move him around, but you have to have O and D line to be any good. If they do their job, we’re going to be fine. You have to prove yourself every day in this game. Those (past) seniors — they worked and they wanted. I just hope some of it carried over.”