Park Hill seeks a smooth road

08/19/2014 11:32 AM

08/19/2014 11:32 AM

The first year in Josh Hood’s tenure as the Park Hill head football coach was memorable for all the wrong reasons. To put it mildly.

Hood dismissed a handful of players from the team for disciplinary reasons midway through the year, then saw the Trojans lose their final five games, including back-to-back blowouts from rival Park Hill South to end the season.

Year Two has provided a fresh start. Park Hill made five changes on its coaching staff over the offseason, and it returns all 11 offensive starters from last season’s stretch run.

“It was a rocky road last year, but we’ve taken all the measures we could in the winter, spring and summer to smooth out that road,” Hood said. “It’s going to be a good thing for our program in the long run. As difficult as it was last year, I couldn’t me more excited about this year. The kids feel the same way.”

In addition to noting the changes in the program’s mentality, Hood pointed to his returning personnel as a reason for optimism. The Trojans are big up front — the five linemen average 270 pounds — and Kenyatte Harris will rejoin the backfield. Harris topped the 100-yard rushing mark in each of his first three games last season before breaking his wrist.

Senior quarterback Tyler Holmes is in line to run the spread offense.

The defense is led by linebackers Carter Anchors and Jamaal Brazil. It also has a pair of potential Division I players lining up on opposite sides of the defensive line — senior Ryan Truvillion (6-7, 245) has received a handful of offers, and sophomore Chester Graves has already drawn interest for his combination of athleticism and size.

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