LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Central Yellowjackets know all about state titles. They've won five of the last six state championships. But to make another run this year, they will have to plug some holes on offense and get a another big defensive effort.
Nine players return to a defensive unit that was one of the best in the state.
The offense, however, may be a work in progress.
"Most of our offensive players this year played JV ball last year so we're going to struggle a little bit," said head coach Ty Scroggins.
That potential struggle was evident when the offense failed to net any positive yardage in a recent scrimmage against the defense.
"It's just competition, really. A lot of hard work," said senior safety Jajuan Hailey of the scrimmage. "The D-line did the best. I was really surprised. They've been putting in a lot of work, so they just made our job really easy."
Scroggins says the linebackers are the heart of the defense. Former Louisville Cardinal linebacker Terry Rice-Lockett is the defensive coordinator for the Yellowjackets. He's entering his 7th year as assistant at Central.
He's seen a lot of his defensive players grow from guys hitting the field as freshmen to seniors now ready to make another run at the 3-A title.
"These guys have grown and they've gotten beaten by some pretty good teams as younger guys but hopefully that lesson and the lessons that they learned then will transfer now into them beating some bigger schools, not just 3-A schools," says Rice-Lockett.
The defense takes the field---and the defense of the title begins—August 23rd when Central visits Manual.