One of the new leaders is Redan’s Roderick Moore, who inherits a team that went 1-9 last year.
“When I got the job at Redan, a lot of things had to be changed,” Moore said. “When you are dealing with a culture of losing, it starts mentally. You can have athletes all day but if you believe that you can’t win, you won’t win. The minute you get busted in the mouth you are going to quit.”
From 2005-08, Moore was the head coach at McNair and his new team will face eight Region 6-AAAA opponents this season.
“We are in a tough region, dealing with a lot of guys I have played against before,” Moore said. “We will compete and let the chips fall where they may.”
Two of the teams that the Raiders will meet are Marist and St. Pius, which will probably be in the running for one of the top spots.
“We feel very good about our lines of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and our kicking game should be very solid,” Marist coach Alan Chadwick said. “The biggest undetermined factor is how well are we going to make plays at our skilled positions.”
“We’re moving up to what I think is one of the toughest regions in the state,” St. Pius coach Paul Standard said. “We’re honored to be in that region and certainly hoping to get in there and compete.”
Tucker is another team moving up a classification in the area to non-region challenges in defending 6A champion Norcross and Booker T. Washington from Florida.