“Last year is over, there’s really no way to improve on that, but we’ve got to start over,” he said. “We’ve got a new season, a new team, a lot of guys playing different roles and so we really got to improve from the start of the year to the end.” It’s basically a fresh slate for Mars Hill with only one senior and a handful of juniors returning from last year’s championship effort. Even with a younger group and those with experience being asked to take different roles, Higgin said his team knows what’s expected of them.
“I just want to see them compete and go hard, make plays and play to win,” he said. “Don’t play scared.” “I think winning breeds winning and I think these guys understand there’s a standard to play to and they don’t want it to drop off,” the coach explained.
Even with a different group taking the field this season, Higgins believes the momentum they’ve built will carry over. The Panthers will start this season the same way they started the last one, taking on Jasper.
“Be focused on one goal and that’s winning the state championship. We all got to come together and do that,” Hanson said. “I’ll do anything to win it again.” Sophomore Griffin Hanson said the Panthers are ready to lock in and face challenges ahead as they attempt to defend their title.
They play Aug. 20.
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