The Shaw Raiders have been close to breaking through into the elite of region 1-AAAAA for years, but they say 2015 is the year it happens.
New coach Chuck Stamey moves from assistant to head coach, and inherits a team loaded with offensive talent like B.J. Knight at quarterback and Cam Paulding at wide receiver.
“It’s kind of hard to sit here and say, what are your expectations and whatnot, without saying I expect to compete for the region,” Stamey said. “I don’t know how anybody else could line up and not do that.”
With the loads of talent around him, Knight has big things on his mind. He says the team is already more comfortable with Stamey, and that translates to the field as well.
“It makes you a lot more confident in what you have with you on the field, on the sideline,” Knight said. “As a quarterback, I feel a lot more comfortable going into this season than I did last year.”
Stamey said consistency has been a problem in recent years in a “two steps forward, three steps back” kind of way. Knight says a stronger mentality and improved running game will help keep the Raiders even-keel. He says “keeping our composure and keeping control” will keep them in games, which will lead to them “controlling the game, controlling the clock.”
Shaw opens the season Aug. 21 at Kinnett Stadium against Luella.