North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

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August 1, 2013

Football: Gearing up for Friday nights

Prep coaches, players face reporters at Metro Birmingham Football Media Days

GARDENDALE — Compared to the hundreds of media representatives and scores of fans that clog the Hyatt Regency in Hoover for SEC Media Days each year, the metro-area high school counterpart is a very sedate affair.

But there were still some brand new head coaches that had some butterflies fluttering in their stomachs, as they and their players were interviewed during Metro Birmingham High School Football Media Days.

The annual press briefing was held again at the Gardendale Civic Center, with most local teams appearing on Tuesday morning at the two-day affair. Of the five AHSAA teams from northern Jefferson County, three of them had new head coaches, and all are facing very different rosters after losing key members of their 2012 squads to graduation.

Here’s a capsule of the outlook for each local team. (Gardendale did not appear at their appointed time in the schedule.)

Mortimer Jordan

New head coach Dusty Goode had some key losses from last season, but has Southern Mississippi commitment Devlin Hodges back at quarterback.

Goode will stick with a 3-4 defensive scheme with a good bit of attacking and blitzing, even though he does not have a lot of size on that side of the ball. “We’re not that big, but we’re pretty quick. We’ll try to find a way to chase the ball and get after it. It doesn’t matter what scheme you’ve got as long as you have a bunch of folks chasing the football.

“We don’t have a lot of great players, but we have good enough players that if they love, trust and respect each other, we’ll have an opportunity to compete,” Goode added.

Hodges said that the off-season conditioning program had seen 70 or more players turning out on a regular basis — a big number by Jordan standards.

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