FORT SMITH (KFSM) - It's a rebuilding year for the Southside Rebels. They lost nine seniors on offense. Probably the biggest loss for the Rebels was standout quarterback Isaac Jackson, who is now fighting for reps at Louisiana Monroe.
"It's just typical high school football,” Jeff Williams, Southside High School head coach said. “You've got to replace great players every year, and we feel like we got a good group of seniors. We've got a good group of guys coming defensively. We have a chance to be pretty good on that side of the ball, and maybe give our offense some time to get up where they need to be."
Even though these key positions are missing starters from last year, the Rebels are all confidence.
"Well it's obvious. Quarterback is the focal point on any football team. We got a couple guys, Clay Tyler and Cooper Johnson that are really different in what they can do," Williams said.
Both Tyler and Johnson are players who served under Jackson. Coach Williams says it should be a seamless transition for his new seniors to take over.
"You know that's part of the tradition at Southside. You get in the system. You continue to work, and get better. They're seniors. Especially Clay who is a senior, it's his time to step up and play," Williams said.
This team has one thing to say to their opponents this year.
"We're not going to give up ever,” Brett James, center said. “We're going to fight to the end of the game. Nothing is going to come easy for them."
"We're not going to quit,” Jordan Racy, safety said. “We're going to fight them to the last minute."