#HSFT17: Stop No. 12 – East Union Urchins
|CLASS 2A | REGION 1|
|HEAD COACH: Kevin Walton|
|Sept 1||South Pontotoc||Away|
|Sept 15||Alcorn Central||Home|
|Sept 22||New Albany||Away|
|Oct 13||New Site||Home|
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (WCBI) — Despite having a lack of seniors on this year’s team, East Union is poised to make another playoff run for the third year in a row.
The team enters into its fifth season having the football program and they look for a third straight winning season.
The team finished 8-4 in 2016 and they’re ready to strive for another winning season.
“I’m pretty excited. It’s exciting to be a senior. Being able to lead the team an everything. I’m exciting to see how the season comes,” said senior center Caleb Stephens.
“I’m excited about the season. Our schedule is going to be a little tougher than what it has normally been this year, but we feel like that we need to do that to make ourselves more ready to play our division,” adds head coach Kevin Walton.
The Urchins lose twelve starters from last season. With the lack of depth entering into the 2017 season, the team will have to be physically ready if a third straight playoff appearance is on the horizon.
“We are just going to have to be people not getting burnt out and sticking with it, and wanting to win, and go as far as we can,” Stephens said.
“We got a lot of young guys that are going to have to step up. We are being here and everything. We got a tougher schedule this year than we have had the last couple of years. We are going to have to play. Step up our game,” adds sophomore linebacker Eli Hodges.
“I just feel like you know in our division just learning to play physical. Play four quarters of physical football. A lot of times we start out strong and then we let up toward the end. We don’t have a lot of depth. Our guys have to play both ways. We are going to have to be in really good shape,” Walton adds.
East Union loses ten seniors from last year and the Urchins enter 2017 with just three seniors.
Coach Walton will rely on their savvy leadership this fall.
“We are still expecting a lot out of them and their leadership. They have got to lead by example and I think they will do a good job of that,” Walton said.
East Union opens their season at home against Falkner on August 18th.