By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The defending District 13-3A Football champions have undergone some changes since they last took the field in November 2013.
Gone from the Brighton Cardinals are senior quarterback Colton Hathcock, University of Tennessee signee Charles Mosley from the defense and Head Coach Will Wolfe. Under Wolfe the Cardinals enjoyed district titles, playoff appearances and winning seasons.
Brighton High School promoted longtime assistant coach Robin Jacobs to the top position. And since the announcement he has worked with his coaches and players to keep the good times rolling at Brighton.
Seniors like Montavo Terry have adopted the mindset to teamwork to help the transition into the Jacobs’ Era.
“We’re on the come up,” the running back/linebacker said. “We have to work together to create something out of nothing. Those changes were big. We really didn’t react to all the changes because we know we have to do what we must do to make it.”
While some took all the changes in stride, players like junior linebacker/punter/running back Zach Camp said losing All-Star players and Wolfe was emotional for a period.
“It’s real different, but I think its a good different,” he said. “It was change we all needed. Everybody talks about Brighton being a first round (playoff) team. That’s not going to happen this year when we make the playoffs.”
Camp said the focus quickly returned to the offseason programs, building cohesion and learning the Jacobs’ way.
Terry said the seniors adopted those philosophies to help guide the underclassmen in preparation for the 2014 season.
“Practice,” he said. “We try to keep everybody up in practice and grind hard. We have to carry out through the season to get those wins.
We have to come together,” Terry concluded. “We can overcome things and win.”