While the Hopkins County Central High School varsity football team finished 2-9 a year ago, third-year head coach Stephen Wood believes in the Storm.
It has been in a decade since Central had a winning record, but Wood says this is their year.
“The hope for the 2018 season is to finish the season with a winning record for the first time since 2008 and make the playoffs,” Wood said.
Central started last season with a 61-6 win over Webster County, lost a couple of close games to Muhlenberg and Todd counties, before earning their second win of the season against Calloway County.
The Storm was 1-3 in district play a year ago, but return nearly everybody.
Cyrus Kington was all-conference a year ago with 93 tackles for the Storm. The senior is expected to play linebacker for Central in 2018.
Brother Silas Kington is a defensive end who created 14 sacks a year ago. The senior also earned all-confernece honors.
Junior Blasin Moore led the Storm with 66 receptions in 2017 for 747 yards and five touchdowns.
Michael Powell is a senior who played linebacker and running back for the Storm a year ago.
Kaison Osborne is also a senior who played offensive and defensive line for Central in 2017.
Adrian Stringer finished with 20 receptions and 242 yards for the Storm last season.
All four of the players listed above earned all-conference honors in 2017.
Other returnees for the Storm are junior center Devin Alshire, senior quarterback Jackson Bergant, junior quarterback Dreyton Grimes, junior receiver Collin Rodgers, senior lineman Ethan Brown and junior linebacker/running back Dylan Mitchell.
New players expected to move up into key roles are freshman lineman Timmy Nielsen, sophomore lineman Devin Pierce, senior running back/defensive back Jadon Halloway, and junior linebacker/running back Donovan Harris.