The Broadmoor Bucs have nowhere to go but up after they went 0-10 last year and lost seven 5A games by an average of 47-7, scoring only 10 touchdowns all season.
With long time coach Rusty Price moving to an offensive coordinator's role, moving aside for his former player Elliott Wilkins to take a more vocal role as head coach, the Bucs have expanded their roster to 60 players in an effort to become more competitive in Class 5A than some recent teams with Price suiting up around 30 players.
Assistant coaches are getting more kids out for football and they've added transfers like Scotlandville lefty quarterback Zach Johnson, one of 27 juniors. Johnson didn't play in the spring game, but has been getting reps this summer with 7-on-7.
However, the most-talked about addition to the Broadmoor roster is incoming freshman Jordan Bailey at running back. During the spring game against Tara, the 5-foot-10, 185 pounder getting big yardage running and catching the football.
"Jordan? He's a pretty good player. To say he's a freshman and he's going to start varsity. He's real good," said senior defensive end Issac Bennett.
"A phenomenal athlete. He's a good player and one of my closest friends. But yeah, he's a baller! He's young. He has potential," said senior wide receiver/defensive back Jaelin Jackson, who played running back last season.
"He has the potential to do a lot. He's starting off this year as a 9th grader, so he has the potential to do a lot. We have a good 1-2-3 punch at running back. And then 4-punch if we bring Jaelin in the backfield," Wilkins said.
There's definitely a youth movement going on for the Bucs. They only have 13 seniors led by Bennett, who's made a position switch up front, and Jackson, one of three key guys in the secondary, will also count on juniors Terrell Green and Southern Lab transfer Asimeon Coleman to be part of the turnaround.
"Our defense is coming together. We've put more work in this year and we have more discipline," Bennett said.
"Quick, flying around, fast, getting to the spots where they need to be," Coleman said.
"You know bringing on a new defensive coordinator Sean Beauchamp from Scotlandvillle, our defense is flying around more. They're a lot more attentive in practice, they're practicing harder," Wilkins said.
"You just got to suck it up and deal with it sometimes, because he's going to say what he's going to say," Jackson said.
"I'm loud. Sometimes I can be real mean. These guys can attest to that. I want the best for the kids," Wilkins said.
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