Fox Creek High School’s football team has grown a lot since last season.
“Last year, we had a young group and this year, a lot of those are back, so we have a lot of experience,” said head football coach and athletic director Russ Schneider. “Probably the best senior leadership I’ve had.”
There are 14 seniors on the team.
The Predators have grown in numbers as well.
This year, the team boasts a roster of 62 players. The most the team has had before this year was 36.
“The school is growing. I think word around town is Fox Creek is a great school educationally and athletically,” Schneider said.
Preparation for this season begins long before the first day of camp, which was held earlier this month.
“We started the Monday after our last game last year, so we started in November with Monday, Wednesday, Friday workouts,” said Schneider. “They had to make 80 percent of them or they weren’t even allowed to come and try out.”
Those who were left make up a hard-working, dedicated and determined team, he said.
“We’ve worked the hardest in the off season than we ever had,” he said. “This is the hardest working group I’ve worked with here at Fox Creek to this point.”
After months of hard work, the Predators will kick off its season Friday at Dreher High School in Columbia. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Predators will have four home games this season, not including any playoff games. Home games are held at Lions Memorial Field.
“We’d love to have the community come out and support us,” said Schneider.