Q&A with Trenton coach Andrew Thomas
Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 6:08 p.m.
Q: What are your expectations for the season?
A: We've set a bar for ourselves and what we want to achieve. We try and focus on day-to-day getting better. That's what has gotten us to this point (not looking ahead). Last year was a growing season, where we started off slow. This year we could have some growing pains offensively and will rely on our defense, which will be a strength for us. In high school ball, you never know what you have to change. It's all about adapting.
Q: Tell us about some players you expect big things from this year.
A: Four of my senior linemen. Good leadership on both sides of the ball. These guys have been with me for four years. They are experienced and big up front on both sides of the ball. We have some new faces. Anthony Milito is a four-year starter and Brandon Lovelace (defensive tackle) is a returning four-year starter. A lot of our skill players are underclassmen.
Q: In what areas do you expect your team to improve most from last year?
A: Going into last season, we were trying to find leadership. It took mid-season before things started clicking. We lost to Dixie early in the season but then guys started realizing what we needed to do. We had some younger guys who stepped up that realized you didn't have to be a senior to step up. I think our offensive line will be better than it was. We will be more balanced. More of a spread attack. We have a lot of guys back on defense. I think the balance on offense and the leadership up front will make us better this year than last.
Q: What has the offseason been like coming off a state title?
A: It really hasn't been much different as far as training. The guys are still hungry. That might be a concern but these kids have been pushing each other to get better. We try not to look back on last year. The first month there was so much going on but once we got into spring practice it leveled out. The expectations have been set.
Q: How sweet was it to win a state title?
A: It was sweeter that we got the second chance. We got there the first time and came up short. We had to live with that for a year. It's a relief after the pressure of getting there and not winning it. It's been a great experience for everybody.
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