Louisville, KY (WDRB) – The numbers do not favor the Iroquois Raiders. Their last winning season came in 1994. Last year's 5-and-5 and record was their best since a 5-and-5 mark in 1999.
But consider this number: three. As in “three in a row.” That's the start the Raiders have posted so far. It's their best start to a season since they won two of their first three in 2005…and finished 2-and-8.
Raiders senior running back Larry Johnson loves math, but he may not love those numbers. He's doing his part to turn around the fortunes of Iroquois. He's second in the state with seven touchdowns.
“I'm very happy. I knew that me and my teammates were very capable of doing (these) things. We just got to come out here every day in practice and work hard, so when game time comes, it'll just be natural,” said Jackson.
To make the Iroquois start more impressive is the fact that the Raiders have pulled off all three wins on the road.
They'll host their first home game this Friday when the Southern Trojans visit Fryrear Field.
“We're just ready to go out here and go out with a bang. Plus, this is a rivalry game, so we got some business to take care of,” Jackson said
First year head coach Preston King is guiding the Raiders through uncharted waters. The former Valley coach took over for Mark Sander, who is now the athletic director at Iroquois.
“I try to go with the ‘Keep it Simple' philosophy (with) more aggression and less thinking,” said King.
The players are aggressively pursuing their goals.
“Every week they come in, they give me everything they got. A lot of times you don't have senior leadership like we have. The seniors here (are) constantly pushing kids. They set a standard that they want to uphold,” according to King.
“The senior skill group of kids are really chomping at the bit and bringing what we have been able to do with them the last couple of years and taking what Coach King and his staff has added and are really doing some good things with it,” says Sander.