“We grew as a team last year and there’s excitement in our program,” said St. Francis head coach Brennen Booth, entering his fourth year with the Knights and his second as the head coach.
Senior Joey Roche, who enters his fourth season as the starting quarterback for the Knights, threw a team-high 10 touchdown passes last year and rushed for three.
“Joey is an experienced player and knows our triple-option offense well,” said Booth.
Senior running back Jonah Huff returns and was the leading rusher last season for St. Francis with 584 yards. Three junior offensive linemen, Brent Turry, Seth Cecil and Beau Sundy will provide protection and running lanes up front. Roche will also have the benefit of the leading receiver from last season, junior Nathan Waller, back in the fold. Waller averaged more than 28 yards per catch last year and had seven touchdown receptions.
Defensively, junior linebacker Lake McClure led the Knights with 69 tackles last year and will return to captain the front seven. Senior defensive back Lance Pecot led St. Francis in interceptions with two last season and returns for the Knights.
The victories on the field have translated to interest in the program off the field. “We’re starting to get more attention within the community and the residents have begun to know who we are,” said Booth. “The Alpharetta community has been very supportive of us.”
St. Francis will begin play within its region in 2014 but still has aspirations for this upcoming season. “The kids have worked hard this offseason and matured,” stated Booth. “We’ll have about 35 players on the roster and I’ve told them that everybody is going to play and be prepared mentally. The kids will play a lot of snaps but if you’re a football player, you want to play as much as you can.”