When Steve Trumble took over at African Centered last season, the Knights were in need of a turnaround.
The Knights had gone 0-10 and were outscored 432-28 in the year prior to his arrival. However, the difference was evident by the first game of the new season.
African Centered lost the first game to Bishop LeBlond, but scored 30 points, which eclipsed the scoring total for the year before. The Knights ended up finishing 3-6 with a 3-2 record in the Interscholastic League with victories against Central, East and Southwest before a loss to University Academy in the Class 2 district playoffs.
“The biggest thing was getting summer programs going,” Trumble said. “Having a weight program and getting more participation while getting the kids’ grades up was key.”
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The Knights enter this season still young, and a little short on numbers. They return a veteran core, which includes senior quarterback Donnell Taylor, with running backs Franklin Thornton and Ram’mon Hatcher. Trumble said the team is also is a pretty good position on defense.
“We were pretty good on defense toward the end of the year, so I’m hoping we can carry that throughout the season,” Trumble said.
African Centered will open the season against Northeast.
“My goal is to go deep in the playoffs,” Trumble said. “It’s going to be a process, but in a couple of years we will really be somebody to worry about.”