MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Alma Bryant community has very high expectations for new head coach Bruce Breland. After missing the playoffs last year – the program has its sights on a turnaround for 2013.
"You're always trying to better yourself and see the things that you're lacking, not only position wise but through the whole program. We're always checking those things," said Breland.
Breland coached up in Birmingham, prior to making the move to Bryant – and so far, he's enjoyed the transition.
"Personally we're still trying to get moved in and trying to get settled, it's been such a warm feeling coming into Bryant HS. Everybody's been so gracious to us coming in and being a part of the program."
Last year Blount High School experienced getting a new head coach themselves – Blount suffered a 6 - 5 record last season – but 2nd year head coach Mark Hart believes his team is finally buying in.
"We're inexperienced defensively in a lot of areas. But I have some pretty good players that I thought worked hard in the offseason. They learned the defense, got stronger, faster, they did very well in the 7 on 7 competitions that we had, so I think we're actually better because the kids have bought into the system a little more. Had a lot of seniors last year and sometimes it's hard to make change coming in. But these guys have been with me two years. They understand me better and I understand them. They understand what we're trying to do," said Hart.
"We're all buying into the program. Like coach said, with all the seniors and a new coach coming in, they didn't really want to buy in. Thought we knew it all. But now this summer it's his second year and we haven't won yet – everybody buying in and we should have a successful year," said QB Malik Campbell.
As for Davidson – after losing to Fairhope in the first round playoffs last season – the Warriors are striving for redemption this fall.
Head coach Fred Riley admitted he knows how strong the region is.
"We played Willaimson last year, they had not won a game – and you look at them and they get to the stadium and you say holy moley look at them big suckers. And you beat them 10 to 7. So there just are no gimmies," said Riley.
Finally – after going undefeated in the regular season – and further than any other 6-A school in the area – McGill-Toolen has their minds set on recovering from last season's second-round playoff loss.
"The way we went out last year, the momentum we had and everything like that, going into the playoffs and to lose like that, everybody wants more so everybody gathered together, worked hard this off season and I think it'll show on the field that we want to take that next step" said Wil Young.
Despite losing a ton of talent – head coach Bart Sessions says you're going to play good teams every week – and his Yellow Jackets – will be one of them.
"It's been an interesting summer, we graduated some great football players last year and certainly don't want to take anything away from their accomplishments, but right now today I think we're better than a year ago today," said Sessions.
Tuesday 9 p.m:
- Alma Bryant
Wednesday 5 p.m:
- Faith Academy
- B.C. Rain
- St. Paul's
Wednesday 9 p.m:
Thursday 5 p.m.
Thursday 9 p.m.
- UMS- Wright
- Cottage Hill Christian
- St. Luke's
- Mobile Christian
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