Bandys looking to bounce back in 2016

Cody Dalton
Sports Editor

Four days into preseason practices, fourth-year Bandys head football coach Trent Lowman sees growth and maturity in his athletes.

“So far, they’ve been a great group,” he said. “They are working together great. They don’t want a repeat of last year. They are positive. They are picking each other up. They are encouraging each other. They are just working hard. So far, it’s been very fun and very pleasant to be out here.”

The Trojans will try to erase the memories of a 2-9 campaign last fall and return to its playoff form of two seasons ago.

The roster numbers are up this year for the Trojans with some new faces trying out for the football team this fall.

“Right now, we’ve got 40 (players) on varsity and sitting at around 35 on JVs,” Lowman said. “A lot of that has come from a couple of basketball and baseball players that haven’t played before. They are really good athletes that have come out. We return a decent number of seniors from last year. With the new bodies, the ones that are coming back and a few sophomores up, we’ve got good numbers. The main thing is it’s a group you can practice with the right way and run drills the right way.”

Also aiding not only Bandys, but many football teams in the area has been cool weather this first week of practice.

“Last week, like most teams we did a mini-camp, and we were outside all day long,” Lowman said. “It was the hottest here it’d been all summer. We came in this week, and it’s like the air conditioning is on in the mornings. We almost don’t know what to do with it.”

The Trojans continue their road to the 2016 season with a practice today and next week leading up to its first scrimmage 6:30 p.m. next Friday at home against West Iredell.

Lowman and his staff will continue to emphasize three key areas to their players until then.

“Playing hard, play as a team and playing with fundamentals,” he said. “If we do those three things, it takes care of itself.”