When Maurice Freeman stepped to the podium, the somber feeling in the room as almost unamimous. After the loss of three key players to an accident, this Trojan team has the task of survivng through the tragedy.
This years Trojans include 55 players, with 14 returning seniors.
In the region, the top four teams have at least made it past the first two rounds of the playoffs.
“Anytime you drive down highway 84, you know you’re in for some good football,” said Freeman.
After beating Valdosta High last season, Freeman is excited to take on that challenge again.
The team has 6 returning starters on offense and defense respectivly.
Malkom Parrish is the starting quarterback for the team, and has also signed to play football at the University of Georgia as a cornerback, which oddly, he has never played at Brooks Co.
The offensive line is majority filled with returning players. Running back however is shapping up to be an issue coming up for the Trojans.
The primary offense will be spread formation, to compliment the style of QB play expected from the talented Parrish.
Special teams is a big factor of this team, who finished the season 12-1. Freeman stated that the Trojans try to score at least eight special teams touchdowns a season to be successful.
Defense will not be returning any linebackers, which is a blow to the 4-4 defense that the team runs.
The Berrien Rebels haven’t won more games than they lost since 1995. Which is exactly why the hiring of legendary coach Ed Pilcher is the hope that Rebel fans needed.
Pilcher takes over a team that has clear issues on the football field. Finishing last season 3-7 is dismal to say the least, but Pilcher is sure he can turn things around for the team.
“I am at a phase in my career, where I just wanna coach. It doesn’t matter where,” said Pilcher.
Last season ended with the Rebels only having 24 players on their roster. Summer training has bolstered the roster, which now holds 50 players, including only 8 returning seniors.
Pilcher explained that the team is starting from scratch. The team is young when it comes to play time experience.
Pilcher wants this Rebels team to be hungry and fight hard, and try to make the playoffs. He admitted that it may take a little time, but the group of players he is working with are special.
AJ Wooten, a cornerstone on the offensive line, has committed to University of Central Florida, and leads a group of returning starters on the line.
On the defensive side of the ball, is working on players that can play both sides of the ball.
The biggest thing Coach Pilcher wants from the community is the support of the team.