Manila has been a running team, but the Lions will look for more balance as they switch to the spread offense in 2015. The Lions are confident the increased speed they have this year will help in the new offense.
"We pushed hard. We try to go as fast as possible. We're trying to get our offense going and moving. Trying to move the ball a lot faster. We're doing really good. We've got a lot more speed this year," Jake Helton, Manila senior quarterback said. "So far we've got a little bit extra speed here with us this year and so far so good. And that's all I'm going to say about it right now. We're trying to throw the ball a little more and run the ball in there with it and things are going to come together for us," Jerry Castor, Manila's head football coach said.
In addition Manila has added a few assistant coaches alongside long time coach Jerry Castor. "I think our biggest strength is we got some more coaches this year as well. They know what they're talking about. And with that we get really good at learning. We learn fast," Josh McQueen, Manila senior wide receiver and linebacker said.
Manila has never made the playoffs before, but the Lions are confident in 2015. "We've always talked about going to the playoffs. We'd love to be conference champions, but here we play in the 3A-3 which is the SEC of the state there with Rivercrest, Osceola, Hoxie. You know Corning's a good football team, Piggott, Melbourne, Cedar Ridge they're all good football teams and we're just trying to put in and compete with these people is what we're trying to do," Castor said. "We want to go to playoffs and that's what we've been working for since 9th grade. We just want to keep going at it and I think with the work that we've been doing out here and we just keep it up. We'll have it," McQueen said.
Manila starts its season on September 4th at Westside.
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