Sacred Heart of Jesus High School’s football season officially starts Friday when the Knights host Pleasant View Academy.
The Knights play their home games on the field behind St. Mary’s Church on the bypass, and kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
Sacred Heart head coach Michael Ashlock said he doesn’t know much about Pleasant View.
“I know they’re from Memphis, and there’s a handful of teams from down there,” Ashlock said. “I’ve seen some film of them on YouTube, but I’ve not seen a lot of them.”
Ashlock does know a lot about his team. He said the Knights have really seemed to improve in the last few days.
“The last eight to 10 days or so, they’ve seemed to really hit a rhythm offensively, and that’s what I’ve been waiting to see all summer out of them,” Ashlock said. “Our quarterback is really hitting his passes, and the receivers are doing a good job of running their routes and catching the ball.”
Sacred Heart competed in a jamboree last weekend, playing a quarter each against Hendersonville Christian and Southaven Christian from Middle Tennessee. The Knights beat Hendersonville 28-0, and they nearly beat Southaven before Southaven’s quarterback threw a 40-yard touchdown as time expired for a 19-18 win over Sacred Heart.
“We learned from it though, and I like how we put up 350 yards of offense in a half,” Ashlock said.
Ashlock said he feels a lot better now than he did this time last year. He didn’t meet a lot of his players until just before the season started.
“We’re not starting at square one this year with instruction on the offensive side, or even at minus three,” Ashlock said with a laugh. “They all came in knowing what we like to try to do when we have the ball, and they came in ready to learn even more after already knowing a lot from last year.
“Hopefully that will be a big help to us to succeed early on.”
Brandon Shields, 425-9751