Jr. Warriors trying to regain winning ways, contend in Little WC

  By Adam Buckles
  STAR Correspondent
  After producing a record of 1-8 last season, the Happy Valley Jr. Warriors would like to get back to the good old days.
  Losing about 18 eighth-graders and veteran head coach Alex Payne, the Warriors will go to assistant Josh Wandell to try and get the glory back.
  "Our biggest thing right now is improving our whole game, we have about six guys from last year's squad returning, and we have got a really great staff to really help the kids," said Wandell.
  Assisting Wandell will be former Warrior standout Jason Jarrett, and Ford Baker, who has seen some improvement from last week's Little Watauga Conference jamboree.
  "Since school has started we have had about five to come out," Ford stated. "We have worked on a lot of areas since last week, but we still have some weaknesses we have to (eliminate)."
  Two warriors who really standout in Wandell's mind, are tailback Garret Dykes and fullback Bradley McVey. Wandell expects leadership out of both warriors.
  "Garrett and Bradley are the two that we expect a lot from this year. Both of them are great students, and they are great leaders for the team," stated Wandell.
  Leading the Warriors this season other than Dykes and McVey is Ethan Fleenor, who is getting some snaps from his center, Craig Sheets.
  Blocking for Dykes and McVey will be Cody Vanover, Tennessee Vance, Adam Childs, and Danny Roberts.
  Nick Whitehead will see time in the backfield. Hunter Peters will be Fleenor's target, while the tight end position is held by Casey Greene.
  "The character of our kids is great, they may not be the best athletes I have coached, but I believe it is the best bunch of kids I have ever had," Wandell bragged. "All of them I think make real good grades, and I don't believe we will face any discipline problems this year."
  The defensive line will feature Vanover, Vance, Roberts and Brandon Sosa. Joe Guinn, Chris Bardo, McVey and Whitehead will rotate at the linebacker positions. The secondary will be made up of Fleenor, Dykes, Chris Richardson, and Logan Clifton.
  "Johnson County is huge this year. I believe they'll will be alone at the top of everybody, and as of right now you could flip a coin for second," Wandell expressed.
  Happy Valley will travel to Stoney Creek to take on the Rangers Thursday night to open its season.
  "We'll compete every game, and I believe we will progress better, as the season moves on," said Wandell.