Jeromy Poole, the head coach of Searcy High School’s football team, looks forward to the 2013 season as the team’s new coach.
“We have a really good senior class,” Poole said. The Lions have 24 seniors out of the 64 players on the roster this year.
Although there are 24 seniors on the team, Poole said, one of the team’s weaknesses is lack of experience.
“A lot of these guys didn’t get to play a lot in varsity games,” Poole said.
Though this is his first year at Searcy, so far, Poole has been impressed with the team’s devotion to the sport.
“One of our strengths is our work ethic,” he said. “They show up every day and work incredibly hard, and that’s the team as a whole.”
His focus for the season is becoming a competitive team.
“We want to be very competitive week in and week out,” Poole said. “I feel like we work just as hard as anybody else.”
Poole is no stranger to coaching — he was the head coach of Newport High School last year. He looks forward to this year at Searcy and is getting to know the players on the team and how they play football.
“The key to this season is going to be for us to play fast and play physical,” Poole said.
As far as offense, Poole said, senior Christian Reynolds will be the team’s starting quarterback this season.
“He’s been doing a great job for us, and he’s going to do a great job for us this fall,” Poole said.
In addition to Reynolds on offense, coach Poole said senior Matthew Parsley will play tailback.
“He’s very shifty. He has the ability to make people miss,” Poole said.
Poole said his receivers are doing a good job so far, and senior Karonce Higgins has been a standout in summer practice.
“He’s got great hands,” Poole said. “He runs really good routes for us, and he’s a guy [who’s] probably making the most plays for us in practice.”
On defense, Poole pointed to senior defensive end Desmond Gavin, saying Gavin has stepped up in his position.
“He’s become a defensive leader,” Poole said. “His motor runs nonstop.”
Grant Grady, senior defensive tackle, the coach said, is the team’s strongest player.
“He’s done a great job of using his hands on the D-line,” Poole said.
Luke Moore, a senior outside linebacker for the team, is new to the position, the coach said.
“[Moore] loves the physical nature of the game,” Poole said.
Although new to the head-coach position at Searcy, coach Poole looks forward to his first season at the 7/6A-East Conference school.
“I’m ready to see them go out there and execute the things we’ve been working on day in and day out,” he said.