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Catoosa County- It’s no secret that LFO has struggled on the gridiron the previous few years. Since the start of the 2020 season, the Warriors are 2-19 overall and have finished eighth in Region 6AAA play in back-to-back years.
I’m here to tell you why the Warriors could make the same kind of turnaround this season that they did from 2015-2018, and why they could make a strong push for the 2022 playoffs.
Reason #1: Trevon Gott and the Warriors Defense
Warriors All-Region Defensive Back Trevon Gott should be an anchor for an LFO defense that has struggled recently. Gott has twitchy feet and great body control. His defensive prowess makes opposing quarterbacks think twice before throwing his way. Gott is also as explosive as they come- and is a huge asset in the return game. When given the opportunity, Gott can take any kickoff or punt to the house. The same could be said for his All-Region counterpart Gabe Helton, as the two make up possibly the biggest kick return threat in AAA. Helton should also compliment Gott in the defensive backfield, and I would venture to guess that teams in Region 6AAA are going to have a difficult time slinging it around on LFO because of these guys.
With Gott & Helton as Senior leaders, the Warrior’s defense should vastly improve. They gave up nearly 400 points last year, and I don’t see that happening again.
Reason #2: Coach Mac Bryan and his staff
Coach Bryan is a winner. As the head coach at Ooltewah, Bryan went 45 and 16 in five years at the helm. Then he went over to Avery County in North Carolina and helped lead the struggling program to its most successful season in years. Bryan brought some assistant coaches with him, but more importantly, he brought a winning mindset. The expectation for everyone surrounding the LFO program this year is “win or bust”, and sometimes it takes a changing of the guard for that to happen.
Reason #3: QB Alex Slatton has had another year to mature
LFO Quarterback Alex Slatton definitely has always had the size and arm strength to be one of the top QBs in the Region, and now as a senior I believe he will have the decision making capabilities to go along with it. He did lose his favorite target in Keenan Walker, but he will have a slew of new guys to throw to this year (whether that be Trevon Gott or Bryson Sullivan).
The Warriors O-Line lost a lot to graduation last year, but as long as they can hold up I would look for Slatton to have an impressive year as the signal caller.
I could be wayyyyy off on my prediction for the Warriors to make the playoffs, and I am sure the rest of Region 6AAA will do their best to prove me wrong. But from what I have seen this spring and from the work I have seen the Warriors put in in the weight room this offseason, I expect LFO to put a good product out on the field come Fall. #FeathersUp!