Historically speaking, Davidson football has been a force to reckoned with after a nine year stretch with five region championships. However, last season the Warriors missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007 – but the spring season is the start of a new beginning for Davidson.
“It’s certainly exciting for all of us. The offseason, as important as it is and as difficult as it is, it’s still not football and as a coach you know how much time you need to put into that off season and you’re team is really built in the offseason, leadership roles express themselves, the pecking order of how things go is expressed in the offseason, but it’s still not football. And one thing you have to see is if all the things that you’ve done in the offseason, if they transition onto the field and that’s what I’m exciting about seeing,” said head coach, Fred Riley.
“It’s just an adrenaline rush because the way that last season ended, I’m ready to show everybody that Davidson is going to be back,” said defensive back, Tyler Jackson.
Davidson will enter the 2014 season as a member of the new 7A Classifications, a nine team region, arguably with the most talent in the state.
“I take it as a challenge, you’ve go to step up and lead. I’m not going to put us down but last year we didn’t have enough leadership, but this year we have to step up because we have underclassman looking up to us so we have to set a good example,” said Jackson, “Davidson is mainly always a frontrunner to win the region, so not making the playoffs last year was a shocker.”
“Our leadership is going to be stepped up a little bit more, we’re going to be focusing on doing our jobs and what we really need to do,” said senior tight end, Yurik Bethune.
“We’ve always been 7A, we’re playing the same people we always play, it’s just we had to wait to play Fairhope and Foley until the playoffs, but we have played them both in the first round or second round of the playoffs, but all the people we play we are very familiar with. Depth is going to be a big thing – early in the season we normally try to develop our depth before we get into region play, well now we’re in region play the first game,” said Riley. “You can’t be surprised if 6 and 2 wins the region or a 5 and 3, or a tie breaker, because there’s a lot of good teams and a bunch of great football coaches, guys who have won championships everywhere they’ve been, all the sudden are across the field from you every week.”