SALISBURY, Md.- Despite a rough 2014 season for the James M. Bennett High School football program, the team is confident it can contend for a playoff spot in 2015.
The Clippers finished the 2014 season with a 3-7 record and the previous year, 2-8. With four consecutive losing years, Head Coach Hoot Gibson’s bottom line is simple. He wants the team to care.
“We’ve got some kids this year that really bought into that and we expect big things from them,” Gibson said. “Hopefully that’ll show up on the field and we’ll be successful.”
Senior offensive lineman Ricardo Bravo is buying into the system and said he believes the team has heart this year.
“I see that our boys are more dedicated this year than last year,” Bravo said. “I see that they have the fight this year to come out on top.”
Gibson will rely heavily on the seniors to lead the charge.
Expectations are high for the offensive line with seniors Ricardo Bravo and Luke Prunty blocking. Senior quarterback Joey Geary is hopeful for the o-line that will protect him.
“We have to have our big boys playing well, playing strong and playing hard,” Geary said. “I like them a lot. I like them blocking for me.”
Changes are coming on the offensive side of the ball. The Clippers will factor in a brand new backfield.
The Clippers kick off the season on Sept. 5 at home against the Washington High Jaguars.