By Marcus Jones
The West Jessamine High School Football team has struggled the past couple of years to find its place in their division. With back-to-back one win seasons, the Colts struggle to keep confidence alive within the young group. But heading into the 2016 season, a new spark of confidence has found its way into the team. From the freshman class to the senior class, it’s hard to find one person who isn’t confident in this season.
In an interview with returning starting center, sophomore Eli Cox, he was asked how confident he was in this year after seeing the growth from last year. Cox responded with, “Extremely. I feel like this year’s group is a lot closer and there’s more trust between us. So confidence has increased exponentially.”
The Colts are feeling really good about their season after coming off a win against the Harrison County Thorobreds. This was the first opening win for the Colts since 2010. The Colts beat Harrison County 27-8. Eighteen of those point came from junior running back Allen Horne. Horne scored on one touchdown reception and two rushing, earning him the well deserved Most Valuable Player award.
Another thing West has found confidence in is their defense. The defense started off by forcing the Thorobreds to punt six times in the first half alone. When asked about the defense, started defensive lineman Chance Coffman responded, “I feel like the defense held up to the potential that we knew we had. It felt good to know what we were doing and being able to execute how we knew we could.”
So, officially the Colts start off the 2016 season 1-0. Heading into week two, West faces an 0-1 Woodford County team. The Colts play at home in week two and look to keep the momentum rolling throughout the whole season.