Coach Jonathan Frasher’s 2015 team may be a bit of a wild card this season. Of the 13 seniors on the roster, six are coming back to the program after being out a year or playing for the first time.
“There’s no substitute for experience but if these kids that are new work hard and learn from film they’ll get better and the experience will come. There’s still things they need to learn but I like their intensity,” Frasher said.
In 2012 the Sauras made their way to the state playoffs and saw four of their athletes sign to play at the collegiate level. Since then the program’s struggled to win conference matchups, but this year’s roster could turn that around.
“No two teams are ever the same, they always change. This team is a strong group and very supportive of one another,” he said.
Retuning is all-conference running back Keelan Goodwin. As a junior last spring Goodwin made his second appearance at the NCHSAA 2A Track and Field state championship qualifying in three events and medaling in two. Frasher said the senior has excelled in preseason and he’s expecting big things from him in weeks to come.
“He’s gotten a lot stronger this year and he runs really powerful,” the coach said.
New to the program is 6’2” Jonah Moorefield who’s slotted as starting quarterback. As a standout basketball player pacing the Sauras with consistent scoring the junior brings confidence and athleticism.
In a preseason scrimmage the coach praised Moorefield.
“He has a great tenacity about him. One thing Jonah did was recognize the mistakes he made before we even told him. There’s things we’ve got to work on and get better in and we’ll do that,” he said. “Scrimmages are invaluable. Coach Mabe said it today, it’s hard to simulate going up against another team in practice and speed like you would on a Friday night. This allows us to do that. We’ll watch the film, work and get better.”
The coach said there’s no game his team is taking for granted this season and they’ll continue to work on fundamentals preparing them for competitive matchups.
“We’re excited about the challenge. It’s been great to see them getting better and want to be out here,” Frasher said. “They’re coming together as a unit and we’re going to take it one game at a time.”
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