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With the start of the 2016 High School Football season fast approaching, it’s time to take a look at this year’s version of the Southwestern Warriors.

warriors_southwestern_boys_varsity_football_fall_13-14As we look ahead, let’s start by taking a look back. Last year Southwestern raced out to an impressive 7-1 record, with the only loss coming in the week two contest at Danville in the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic, a 29-31 setback against Bourbon County, a game the Warriors seem to have had, but let slip away. The seven wins were against Harlan County, Knox Central, Mercer County, Corbin, Montgomery County, South Laurel, and Lincoln County.

But then, the Warriors dropped three of their last four games, losing the district regular season title at Pulaski County 6-52 and a home showdown with Lexington Catholic 14-43 to close out the regular season with a 7-3 record and a two seed in the playoffs. Week one of the playoffs saw the Warriors defeat Whitley County 36-14 before falling at North Laurel in week two of the playoffs 7-17.

One occurrence marked the start of the one and three stretch, the loss of Patric Edwards to an injury in the Pulaski County game. Edwards, the outstanding sophomore, suffered an injury for the second year in a row and missed all the playoffs.

But looking ahead, Edwards returning for his junior season is one of the many bright spots for Southwestern as the new season approaches. Edwards, who rushed for over one thousand yards for the second season in a row, averaged 7.26 yards per carry last season and should see those numbers continue to increase. In addition to the ground attack, Edwards was the leading receiver for the Warriors and paced Southwestern with 21 touchdowns.

Joining Edwards in the backfield will be senior signal caller Brandon Pruitt. Pruitt was the leading passer in both yardage and touchdown passes last season while splitting time with Mason Reese. With Reese’s departure, look for Pruitt to increase his workload and numbers. Among the other players that should see plenty of action in the Warrior backfield will be William Lemmon, Treavor Brock, and Floyd Fannin for the jumbo package.

As for wide receivers, the Warriors return their top three receivers in Edwards, Brock and sophomore to be J.P. Vaught. Vaught also gives the Warriors a huge threat on special teams. Vaught, a track star, tied the Warrior career mark in kick returns for touchdowns last season with four in his first campaign.

Switching to defense, Southwestern returns two key players who will get a lot of attention on the defensive front. Seniors Austin Daulton and Floyd Fannin promise to bring the heat on the opposing quarterbacks this season while being a force at stopping the run. Daulton, who checks in at 6’3” and over 300 pounds is a giant who simply goes about his business, but does so in style. Daulton is receiving looks from numerous division one schools and is considered one of the top 50 prospects in the Bluegrass.

Fannin has a knack for the big play and an engine that doesn’t quit. Fannin has growing into one of the most explosive and high octane players you will see on Friday night. There was a lot lost from the defense, so senior leadership will have to guide this group to get the Warriors back to where the Warriors want to be.

So, with kick off only a few weeks away, Larry French and his team have some question marks, but have plenty to look forward to. With any new season, expectations are high and I’m sure there will be a few surprises along the way. With an influx of young talent and returning skill players, with a little luck and a season of good health, the sky is the limit for the Warriors.

pulaskisouthwesternThe Warriors open the season August 19th vs Jeffersonville, IN in the annual Don Marshall Bowl at Pulaski County High School. Kickoff set for 8:30 pm (ET).

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