The Legacy football team is coming off of a phenomenally strong 2013 season, and coach Chris Melson said that the Broncos are ready to make a stab at another long playoff run.
Legacy advanced to the regional semifinals last season before losing to Highland Park, and so far, Melson said he has been impressed with what he has seen from his team.
“I'm very optimistic,” Melson said. “Our kids have a had a really good off season. Spring football was great, and they've worked hard all summer. We've got high hopes.”
Legacy enjoyed a massive turnaround from the 2012 season in 2013, when the team finished 4-6 on the season and 2-5 in district, which was good for sixth place in an eight-team district.
The Broncos wrapped up last season with a 10-3 overall record and 5-2 mark in district competition, and Melson said the objective for this season is continued improvement.
“We want to get better every week,” Melson said. “We want to play hard and try to improve every week. Hopefully, we'll be good enough to get into the playoffs, win the first game, and then see what happens from there.”
Melson said he has a couple of key returning players this coming season.
“Taaj Bakari on defense is a defensive tackle committed to Oklahoma State, and he's a great player,” Melson said. “Gentry Ivery on offense is a receiver and slot back. Those two guys are our main guys returning, and then of course, our quarterback, Sheldon Hogan, brought some experience last year and played well.
“Then we have Ryan Johnson and Daniel Nyandika both returning on defense, and they were both very good players last year as juniors, and then our corner, Jermaine Brealy, who is a really great player. We've got some really good guys that have played, and we've got some guys that we think will really step up and play, as well.”
Legacy returns four offensive starters and four defensive starters from last year's team.
Melson said he expects Timberview to be Legacy's toughest district opponent this season, but said he expects all of the teams to be very tough.
The Legacy coach said that the team's new district did not get any easier through realignment and said, to repeat on the type of success his team had in 2013, it will take a couple of things.
“We've got to be able to handle adversity early in the season, and then stay healthy,” Melson said. “As our guys get experience, gain confidence and can stay healthy, then we'll be fine.”