Central opens fall football practice

Central opens fall football practice

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - The Central Red Devils are a rising power in Alabama high school football.

However, last season's abrupt finish left the Devils wanting more -- a whole lot more.

The Devils looked at the first day of practice as the first step toward a state championship.

The Red Devils had just one regular season loss in 2014, but an early playoff exit has head coach Jamey Dubose and his team hungry for more.

"As great of a year it was, last year was last year, this year is this year, Dubose said. You're only going to be remembered on your last date and your last game.

Defensive back John Broussard agrees.

"We had the team to do it last year, he said. We just fell short and we just want to come out and dominate everybody."

Last year Central was bounced out of the playoffs in the 2nd round by Prattville, and with the Lions on the regular season schedule this year, quarterback Zion Webb says that game is circled on their calendars.

"I mean we want a rematch, Webb said with a smile. Everybody wants a rematch from the team that beat them in the past and just get back at them."

With a lot of starters returning, Central has the team on paper to win it all, but Dubose is keeping his boys focused as they head into the season.

"This group of guys right here are a great group of guys, but we haven't done anything, he said. We talk about lofty goals and all and we have those goals, but we have to go and accomplish it. We can't just talk about it, we've got to do it."

In order to do it, they'll be leaning on playmakers like John Broussard, who captains a defense looking to rebound after setting a record for points allowed in 2014. Broussard believes that teamwork is the key to winning a state title this year.

"We feel like last year we kind of stopped being a team at the end of the year, and this year we're going to have to stay together as a team to reach our full potential."

And if they reach that potential, we could see the Red Devils in the Super Six later this year. Central opens the season on the road at Stockbridge on August 21.