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Senior leadership, staying healthy are key as Lewisville approaches new season

Lewisville varsity football coach: ‘strongest and fastest team’

Lewisville High School varsity football coach said the team is having one of the best off-seasons from "top to bottom."
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Lewisville High School varsity football coach said the team is having one of the best off-seasons from "top to bottom."

Last season there wasn’t much to roar about for the Lewisville Lions.

Lewisville finished 0-10. Coach Will Mitchell says there’s nowhere to go but up. The Lions will have 28-30 players on this year’s team. Mitchell said he knows that is sometimes hard to deal with.

Mitchell said he is confident the players he has will get the job done if they stay healthy. That is key this season.

“The ones we have we feel good about,” the coach said. “Our top to bottom, strength to speed, we feel really good about. It is the best we have had in my eight years here.”

Top players

The Lions have three key players who could make things happen for Lewisville.

Senior Demetric Hardin will playboth wide receiver and defensive back. Senior Scout Wallace will play linebacker and full back for the team and senior Jadon Scott also will be a wide receiver.

What to know

This year’s football team has 13 seniors. Mitchell said they have been through adversity so they know what it takes to win. Before last year’s winless campaign, the team won 19 games the previous two years.

“We have had the best off-season we have ever had,” Mitchell said. “Their attitude is great. We are optimistic about the season.”

Last year, the team lost 14 players to injuries and had five athletes play quarterback.

Leaders

Mitchell said the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Hardin is the best athlete on the team and is a standout basketball player as well.

“We are hoping to move him around and let him take over,” Mitchell said.

Also, Scott, at 6-foot, 175-pounds, was last year’s leading receiver and is a three-year starter for Lewisville. Another leader Mitchell is looking at is the 5-foot-8, 200-pound Wallace at linebacker.

Coach’s perspective

“Numbers are an issue for us,” Mitchell said. “They were last year. Our school enrollment has not changed and we are still in that 360 and 370 range. We can field a good football team with those numbers, but it helps us when the other team is in a similar situation.”

Coming Sunday: Great Falls

Mac Banks: mbanks@comporium.net, @MacBanksFM
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