“We have guys like Alex Clark and Robert Davis back at receiver, and a couple running backs, Tae Moore and Nathaniel Ocran. Those guys played a lot of varsity time last year, which has helped this year to bring experience for the younger guys coming up.”
Though most of the line is new, Clark sees promise in the offense.
“The coaches trust (Simon) more to make some of the throws, to make some of the calls on his own,” Clark said. “We're gonna be pushing the ball up the field, trying to get us going.”
But more than anything, strong motivation lies in erasing those preseason perceptions of Putnam City North football.
“We see preseason rankings and we know it's not a big deal, but it's motivation, knowing that a lot of people are doubting us,” Simon said. “We like being the underdogs. We have nothing to lose. If we win, we're gonna prove a lot of people wrong.
“If we work hard and don't win, then that's the outcome. But we'll go out and play our hearts out every game.”