Coach: Greg Kendrick
2012: 9-3, 6-1
Returning Starters: 9 OFF/9 DEF
Sept. 6 Clarksville
Sept. 13 at Gentry
Sept. 20 at Ozark
Sept. 27 Danville
Oct. 4 at Paris
Oct. 11 Atkins
Oct. 18 at Lamar
Oct. 25 Lavaca
Nov. 1 at Cedarville
Nov. 8 Mansfield
Winning nine or more games for 14 straight years would put pressure on any team but the Charleston Tigers expect more from themselves than just nine wins.
“Our expectations are very high,” Charleston coach Greg Kendrick said. “This is a great community that expects greatness out of us and we expect greatness more importantly from ourselves and from our kids. Our place is a place with great expectations. Our kids handle it well but we know we have a target on our back but our kids have handled that and they’re getting better every day.”
Ty Storey returns for his junior season after throwing for 4,400 yards and 48 touchdowns in his first year of high school football.
As good as the Arkansas commit is expected to be, Storey will have plenty of support around him.
“Seniors need to have great leadership and we just have to work as a team,” senior lineman Dillon Walker said. “We’ve got to have all 11 doing our job and just have to work together and not make any mistakes.”
“It’s going to take a lot of determination,” senior receiver Colton Ward said. “It’s going to take a solid mindset. We’ve got to have 11 people doing their jobs at all times. When everyone is out there doing it, we’ve got the skill players, we’ve got the lineman, we’ve got the potential. We just have to go out there and show it.”
Chance Shelby led the team with 82 receptions for 1,259 yards and 18 touchdowns last season while fellow senior Colton Ward had 34 catches for 454 yards and five more touchdowns.
Charleston kicks off the season Sept. 6 hosting Clarksville.