The Chico Dragons picked up six wins for a second straight year in 2013, but came up short of ending a playoff drought that dates back to 2001.
Monday the Dragons will start work on trying to nail down a postseason spot out of the new District 5-2A Division I. Chico takes the field at 8 a.m. Monday for the start of fall practice.
“I feel we have the potential to be a good team,” said coach Stephen Carter said.
The Dragons return starters all over the field with nine back on each side of the ball. Even with that wealth of experience, Carter is quick to point out that the team will need someone to step up and provide leadership.
Hagen Davis will spearhead the defense. The unit’s lone senior is coming off last year’s strong season in which he recorded 143 tackles. He is joined by Garon Davis at the other inside linebacker spot, and Taylor Hood in a talented front seven.
“We’ll build around our defense. That’s the strong point of the team,” Carter said.
Offensively, the Dragons enter camp unsettled at quarterback. Last year’s starter, Jericoe McGuire, is competing for the spot with 7-A Offensive Newcomer of the Year sophomore Crese Redman. McGuire threw for 1,147 yards with 16 touchdowns last year. Redman ran for 896 yards and five scores on 108 carries.