Not many football programs have been better than Sexton the last two years.
And coach Dan Boggan believes the Big Reds can add to their recent success despite losing key contributors like quarterback Malik Mack, receiver/linebacker Rayshawn Wilborn and others from last year’s team that had a second straight undefeated regular season and finished as the Division 4 runner-up.
“We have some talent still here,” said Boggan, whose team made history last fall by becoming the first from the Lansing School District to play for a football state title.
“We just have to put it all together. We’re excited about the opportunity to defend our conference championship again and we look forward to some great battles this year. Teams fought us extremely hard and it seemed like it was a little easier the first year because they didn’t know we were as good as we were and we kind of caught them off guard. I’m sure (games will) be extremely tough this year. Our kids are prepared for the challenge.”
The Big Reds are 25-2 the last two seasons and that success added to the enthusiasm surrounding the opening day of practice Monday. Boggan noticed excitement and focus from the roughly 60 players in attendance Monday, but is looking forward to seeing how his team evolves the next few weeks.
“I’m excited to see what actually happens on game day,” said Boggan, who is entering his 14th season as Sexton’s head coach. “That first practice is one thing, but that first game is another. We need to be extremely solid and have a great showing on game one. We need to be able to improve from game one to game two to game three and on forth because we have a very good conference.
“We’ve won two conference championships in a row and we’ve been undefeated for two years in a row in the conference and nobody has ever done it three years in a row. I think there’s only one other team that’s gone 9-0 in our conference and that was East Lansing in 1976 and 1977. We’re the only other team to do it. For us to be able to go undefeated for three years in a row is going to be an extremely tough feat. That would definitely be something special to do.”