Trojans open season at Lincoln

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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The 2018 football season is here and ready or not, the first game on the schedule for most teams is Friday night.

Oak Ridge opens up on the road at Lincoln, facing a team coming off an 8-3 season a year ago. Quarterback Tommy Turner returns to lead the offense after throwing 28 touchdowns a year ago. The team’s top-two running backs (Deven Coffer, 700 yards rushing, 6 tds.) and Seth Sampson (560 yards, 7 tds.) also return, as the Zebra offense figures to be strong.

“Lincoln is coming off one of its best seasons ever,” Oak Ridge coach Eric Cavaliere said. “They’ve got a college prospect at quarterback, and return their leading rusher and also have a pretty good receiver, so they’re going to be a handful. They’re a good team and well-coached. It will be a good challenge for us.”

The Trojans prepared for the opening game by scrimmaging Vista del Lago last Saturday. Cavaliere was pleased with how the first-team group executed, as he said the team accomplished everything they wanted to accomplish.

Now after three weeks of practice, the Trojans are ready to start their season at Whitney on Friday night.

“We don’t have many seniors, and we’re a young team with some sophomores in significant roles, but we’ve got a lot of potential,” Cavaliere said. “We’ve got a lot to learn, but this team will get better every week, and it’s exciting to think how good we will be when the games matter most at the end of the season. We have work to do and we’re going to do it.”