Although the Eagles struggled while playing a young roster in 2012, it will be to Fair Grove’s benefit in 2013.
“We have a lot of juniors on our team that started as sophomores a year ago,” said O’Neal. “Now that they’re upperclassmen we hope that they’re ready to step up and help take charge of our football with our seniors.”
Fair Grove returns 11 starters, six of which are on the offensive side of the ball. If the Eagles are to be successful in 2013, it will hinge on the performance of their defense.
“A big focus for us this year will be our defense,” said O’Neal. “We’ve changed some things defensively, and I think a big strength for us is our defensive line. We have some tall, rangy kids that can run a little bit. If we can play good defense, then we will have a good season.”
“I think our conference will be very tough this year and very competitive, there are a bunch of teams that have similar skill levels,” said O’Neal. “It’s going to be a dog fight to see who comes out on top.”
Fair Grove opens the 2013 season on Aug. 30 at Buffalo.
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