It comes as no surprise that the Charleston Tigers have a bulls eye firmly on their back.
The Tigers are coming off a 15-0 season and a 3A state championship. Not to mention quarterback and Arkansas signee Ty Storey returns for his senior season.
Storey has thrown for more than 8,700 yards and 100 scores in his career for the Tigers but the team has other holes to fill before the they can make a return trip to War Memorial Stadium.
“Of course he gets all the headlines and rightfully so but we`ve got some guys that we’re going to miss,” Charleston coach Greg Kendrick said. “Chance Shelby, our tailback (Austin) Pittman and a couple other guys. We have young guys that are stepping up and done a great job. We have a couple tailbacks. Wayne Gerlick as well as Matthew Hutchins that have filled the role. It`s hard to replace the all-time leading receiver in school history but we`ve got a slew of receivers and we`re actually deeper than we’ve ever been.”
Despite the graduated talent, Charleston is one of the heavy favorites to compete for the 3A crown.
“We just stay together as a brotherhood,” Storey said. “I think that`s it. We don`t really listen to outside guys, outside voices. We just listen to our coaches and ourselves and we`re going to have fun as we go along.”
“That`s a great weapon but we always say one guy can`t make a team,” Kendrick said. “He`s got great teammates around him that are leading but, without a doubt, I like having number four on my side.”