Countdown to Gridiron Glory: Graves County Eagles
There weren't a lot of coaches who were better than Graves County's Lance Gregory in 2009. Gregory inherited a Graves County team that had little experience and molded them into a district title contender. The Eagles finished '09 4-1 in the district, which was good enough to earn them a home playoff game. The Eagles lost that game to Nelson County, ending their year at 7-4.
But that 7-4 record far exceded any expectations many had for Gregory's first year on the job. But thanks to that success, the expectations are much higher in 2010.
The Eagles have a lot of experienced players returning, including running back Zach Crawford who ran for over 1000 yards and seven touchdowns.
On defense, the Eagles return senior Aaron Cooper who recorded over 100 tackles and 7 sacks from his linebacker position.
The biggest concern according to Gregory is lack of experienced depth. That experience level will especially be tested at quarterback, where senior Larry Brown will start. Brown spent all of last year backing up Jake Clapp.
Behind Brown is sophomore Tyler Starkey and freshman Peyton Puckett.
The Eagles will certainly be tested by their early season schedule. It includes games against four teams that played for state titles last year (Lone Oak, Mayfield, Paducah Tilghman, Trousdale County, TN) all around their district opener with Muhlenberg County.