Patrick Smith moves into his second year as head coach at Tenoroc and has added former Kathleen head coach Irving Strickland to his staff as offensive coordinator, which could make a huge impact.

“He directed his offense to be one of the tops in the county and that is what we are looking for, to bring that knowledge and experience over here and to get kids to come out,” Smith said. “I don't know if it will be any easier the second year, because it was ready made and we had some kids in place. Right now we are looking for some consistency from our kids.”

OFFENSE

Heading into August camp, Smith anticipated at least three or four players would be competing for the starting quarterback slot and finding starters for the offensive line is a bigger challenge.

“We have more skill kids than anything else," Smith said. "Coach Strickland has been running a spread for a number of years and that is the direction we would like to go, but we will have to see when.”

DEFENSE

Robert Odom will run the defense and expect to see a three-man front with plenty of linebacker blitzes and the defensive backs bouncing around between Cover 2 and Cover 3 zone packages.

“Our biggest thing is we want to create turnovers and help our offense out," Smith said. "It is going to be a new offense and we want to give them a short porch and not have far to go to score. We want to create some turnovers on special teams as well."

Returning corners are Romeo Newkirk and Wayne Hooper and the returning safety is Antwan Peterson, who is athletic and can cover a lot of ground.

OUTLOOK

The Titans face the challenge of Class 4A, Region 3 and having most of their better players lining up on both sides of the ball. Conditioning is paramount.

“The biggest thing for us, after going through last season where our numbers were short and they will be this year, we have identified that kids are going to have to go both ways and we just have to use what we have,” Smith said. “We will be going out of the county for a few games with Hudson, Umatilla and Bronson. We were just trying to find a schedule that would fit our needs to build a program and compete and then go from there.”

Smith said the biggest goal for this team is to compete, and with Smith wanting to stay with the program for the long run, it should be an attainable goal this year.