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Central football hitting the ground running

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PHENIX CITY, Ala. -

To adapt a quote from Luke Bryan, “Change is a good thing.”

At least, the Phenix City-Central Red Devils hope so.

Central has gone through an offseason like none other as they adapt to new head coach Jamey DuBose.

“It’s really just buying in,” said senior defensive end Qunn Johnson. “We bought in early because everybody has the same goal. We all want a state championship. We all want to bring something to the city of Phenix City."

DuBose came to Central after making his coaching name at Prattville.

“Anything in life that comes to you, if it’s worth having, you have to take a chance, you have to go after it,” DuBose said. “That was this job and that was this opportunity, which I think is one of the top-five jobs in the state of Alabama.”

The new coach was hired less than three months ago, and did not get to go through spring. While DuBose admits he would have liked that opportunity, he does not think it will be a hindrance.

“I think, from what we’ve got returning, the guys we have returning, we’ll be fine,” he said. “Also, Central had a great spring. I got to see a lot of practice tape."

DuBose brings with him a fast-paced, up-tempo offense that has stars like Louisville commit wide receiver Traveon Samuel drooling.

“Oh I’m very excited,” he said. “He’s a fast-tempo guy. I'm moving around the offense, I can move around to many positions: running back, receiver, slot, kick return, punt return, so if he's going to use my in a great way, I'm prepared."

Central opens the season Aug. 22 at Stockridge, Ga. The travel to Harris County the week after, with their first home game coming Sept. 5 in the region opener against Auburn.

 

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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