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ALAH football ready to make noise

Knights’ quarterback Kaden Feagin throws the ball at practice to warm up.

Staff Writer

The Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond football team is excited for the season ahead and its goal is to win its conference title and host a playoff game for the first time in a decade.

Head coach Ryan Jefferson said that the excistment levied is high during the first week back and that the team has changed losing a big senior class, but are returning 10 starters on both sides of the ball.

“We feel really good,” Coach Jefferson said. “We’ve had a great summer and we ended camp before the dead we and had our team camp at the end of the summer. The team felt like they got a great bonding experience during that time and just got closer with the team and they’re feeling good.”

During the off-season and in practices Coach Jefferson has been fine tuning some things and becoming more sharp in areas while getting the first team offense and defense organized with their players.

Kaden Feagin is a four-star recruit that is committed to University of Illinois that is going to be the focal point of the Knights offense. Feagin is listed on the roster as a quarterback and defensive back. Jayce Parsons and Landon Waldrop are expected to have big impacts at their wide-receiver location and at defensive back. Mason Allen will be the primary running back as well as a linebacker on defensive. Kody Kornewald, Caleb Corum, Jacob Tighe and Nathan Tighe will be all contributors on the offensive and defensive line.

Coach Jefferson has named five captains in Feagin, Noah Garrett, Drew Cotton, Kornewald and Corum. Coach Jefferson and his team feel that his captains are the most vocal and most positive as far as leadership and getting people excited.

Cotton feels that as one of the captains there is a lot of trust in all of the captains and that makes him feel happy and a lot better as a leader. Cotton’s team goal is to make it out of the first round and individual goal is to set the school record for most tackles in a season. Cotton wants to be remembered by his coaches and teammates as their number one cheerleader.

Garrett has embraced the captain as he has been wanting to be in this role since he was a young kid.

“It means a lot to me because I’ve grown up watching Arthur football my entire life,” Garrett said. “And I’ve always dreamed about playing high school football, here at Arthur. So now being able to be one of the captains especially ever since like starting high school and stuff. It’s a big honor to be able to actually be one of the guys now.”

Garrett’s individual goal is to be first-team all area and his team goal is to make a deep playoff run. Garrett wants to be remembered as a player who always gave 110 percent.

Coach Jefferson said that their goal is to win the Lincoln Prairie Conference title. The team also wants to host a playoff game. The Knights haven’t hosted a playoff game in a decade and haven’t won conference in nearly two decades.

Coach Jefferson’s overall message is that everyone is going to work hard and they’re going to leave it all out on the field.

“I think what you’re gonna see from this year’s team is you’re gonna see a lot more excitement not just from the crowd, but from each other on the field and on the sideline,” Coach Jefferson said. “I think just the atmosphere is just going to be a lot different this year. So I think they’re gonna not want to miss out on those opportunities to come on Friday nights.”

The Knights begin their season at home against Tri-Valley on August 26. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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