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New coaching staff sees opportunity

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By The Staff

Banner Correspondent

With the loss of a few key players last season, the Trimble County Raiders Football team is getting ready to soon kickoff the 2009 football season.

The Raiders are under a new coach, Chris Collins, who plans on directing the good group of boys to a successful season and hopes of having a success in the playoffs.

“The program was heading in an unsure direction and the best thing was bringing Collins in.” Athletic Director Frank Ragland continued. “He got some players to come out and play and has made the program stable for the most part since he has been here.”

Collins was hired for the coaching job this past May, and already is making some big changes. With all the problems leading up to the new coach which was unexpected, all of the players have became more comfortable around their new leader.

“Coach Collins wants to win. We all want to win, nobody wants to lose.” Junior Alvin Seals said. “The only way we can be successful is by being just more than a team but becoming a family.”

Collins is not alone as he starts over with the Raiders. He’s joined by assistant coaches Shawn Blanton and Mike Isley, who coached four years ago under Mike Genton.

“Hopefully we start winning and getting everyone excited in the community. We got a nice mixture of upper classmen that are ready to be leaders,” Coach Isley explained.

As the Raiders roll into the school in the morning for practices, attitudes all become serious, everyone becomes focused and alert.

“We are really going to have to trust one another to make plays and take care of their individual assignments.” Senior Blake Renfro continued. “If we all start jumping on each other in a negative way, it’s going to bring this team down in a blink of the eye. That’s why we all need to be a “team first” type of players.”

As the new coaching staff tries to turn things around, the coaches say they have seen improvement already.

The team is coming together, but the players seem to  need to put a few more pieces of the puzzle together, as time gets closer to opening game kickoff on Aug. 22. That night, they play Collins’ former team, Atherton, which is out of Louisville.

The Raiders’ official first test will be on Aug. 15, when they travel to Paris, Ky., to face off against Knott Central in a scrimmage. Game time is 6 p.m.