By Riley Hicks
The McIntosh Chiefs are set to begin their season this Friday at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to take on the Decatur Bulldogs. Both teams are ready to bounce back from last season after not making it to the playoffs. The Bulldogs start the season under new head coach Cody Cory while finishing with a 1-9 record last season. The Chiefs start the new season under head coach Lee Belknap and come off a 4-7 record the year prior.
“We are excited to get started and fill like we have a tall order ahead of us with Decatur. They are a very fast team,” Belknap said.
The Chiefs will be starting a lot of new guys this season after losing some key players from last year. On offense, quarterback Dane Kinamon will be returning, but will now take snaps under center after moving from receiver. Kinamon will be backed up by senior running back Bradley Ector, who ran for 886 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. The game plan for the Chiefs on offense will be to control the clock.
Defensively, Belknap said the Chiefs are ready to finally hit someone with a different color jersey after two weeks of preparing for this game. They are focusing on stopping the quick passing game and a inside the tackle running game the Bulldogs offer.
After a 30-7 win last year against the Bulldogs, the Chiefs know what to expect. But Belknap understands it’s a new season, so he’s preparing his team for a new challenge.
“We do plan to make mistakes but do expect a perfect effort,” Belknap said.