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December 12, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Hooker: “The future is very bright”

BROWNSBORO — Injuries at key positions quickly derailed a promising season for the Brownsboro Bears under the direction of first-year head coach Jason Hooker.

Brownsboro lost a tough battle to Crandall, an eventual playoff team, in the season opener before picking up wins against Palestine Westwood and Wills Point prior to district play.

At 2-3 entering District 15-3A competition, Brownsboro looked poised to capture one of four playoff spots. In fact, they were predicted by several preseason publications to do just that.

Several district games were close, but injuries suffered in non-district play haunted the Bears.

Hooker took time for a question and answer session with the Athens Daily Review to recap the season.

ADR: Overall, what are your thoughts on your first season as a head coach?

Hooker: My first season as the Head Football Coach at Brownsboro was very exciting to me. I'm excited about the staff we were able to put together and I'm excited about the relationships we have formed with the players and the directions we're headed.

ADR: Your thoughts on the team's success?

Hooker: We weren't as successful as I had hoped to be. I thought we could have been a playoff team. I think numerous injuries hindered us and just the fact that we were going through a transition period installing a new football system.

ADR: How do you feel about the future of Brownsboro football?

Hooker: I'm very excited about the future of Brownsboro football. I think we have a good offensive and defensive system installed that we can build on. We have a tremendous off-season program that has been implemented. Kids are buying into what we are doing and are working extremely hard. We are excited about the season's that our junior high teams had. I think the future is very bright.

ADR: What was the top moment of the season?

Hooker: The top moment for me was us coming together as a team in the Wills Point game and seeing all the things that we implemented being done the right way. That was a very clean, efficient game for us. That caliber of play is what we want to learn to duplicate.

ADR: Thoughts on the senior class?

Hooker: This senior class is a very special group to me. Being the first group that I was able to coach as a head coach is something that I will always remember. I appreciate this group of young men for accepting me as their head coach and working hard for us and buying into what we wanted to install.

ADR: Several key players return next season, your thoughts?

Hooker: We do have several key players returning and hopefully some young players emerging. We of course are excited about the return of Will Bailey. Will is a tremendous leader and player for us. He carried us through several games. We are excited about his playmaker abilities at wide receiver and will count on him heavily as our free safety and punter. We're also excited about the return of Tamrick Pace and Caleb Seale. These are two young players that did a tremendous job contributing for us this year. We are excited to see how they will develop and look forward to even greater things from them.

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