Any time a team goes undefeated and wins a state championship, there has to be some kind of drop off right? Well that may not be the case for the Booneville Bearcats.
Booneville has plenty of weapons returning for the 2014 season but they do have to replace graduated quarterback Cody Harrel. But, apparently, that was an easy fix.
"James Ray at quarterback, I have complete confidence in him," Booneville coach Scott Hyatt said.
"James is filling in for Cody and I don’t think we’re going to lose a beat from last year to be honest," senior Matthew Berry said.
"Losing Harrel, it’s tough but when you’ve got somebody like James it’s nothing," senior Bryson May added.
Ray stared against Dardanelle at quarterback last season and led Booneville to a 42-0 win. The now starting quarterback said he is approaching the season like everyone else.
"Focusing on working hard all the way throughout the season, not losing any focus or anything like that," Ray said.
Booneville is a heavy favorite to contend for the 3A title after dropping down from class 4A this season. The Bearcats open with three straight 4A opponents and May said success all starts with the defense.
"Our goal is to shut everyone out. It’s going to be tough given the conference we’re in but we work hard and stay focused, we can do it," May said.