CAVE CITY, AR (KAIT) - For the past nine seasons, Jon Bradley has led the charge of Cave City football. He's the only coach the program has ever known but in 2015, things will be totally different.
Bradley left Cave City to take over as offensive coordinator at Newport. Joey Moseley, former defensive coordinator at Blytheville, takes the helm of the Cavemen program and becomes the second coach in school history. "The administration has been great," said Moseley, "The kids are responsive and the coaches are learning too, learning a different system."
Learning a different system is the theme of pre-season workouts for Cave City. The players are going to Moseley's Single Wing offense, which is run heavy typically like the Cavemen's previous offense but Moseley says the team won't be one dimensional. "They've been a run oriented team the past few years and we're trying to do a couple different things as far as offense goes," said Moseley, "It's just an adjustment for everybody."
The players are happy to have Moseley as part of their school and program. "New coach is really good, he came in and had hopes for us," said Senior Jacob Patterson, "We had high hopes for him. We're understanding with him, he's understanding with us and we have a high tempo offense which is really going to help us this year."
Looking at the personnel for Cave City, they'll bring back some talent while having new faces. The Cavemen made the postseason in 2014 and bring back two-time 1,000 yard rusher Arnold Cunningham.
At quarterback for the Cavemen will be junior Ari Odom. He has been pitching for the Cave City baseball team but has been absent from the football program since junior high.
On defense, the Cavemen will return most of their defense line from last season but there will be an adjustment on defense to Moseley's 4-3 scheme. That style of play does fit the core of Cave City's defense since his philosophy presses getting to the ball and forcing the pass. A good defensive line supports that theory.
The key to Cave City's defensive attack will be the play of their secondary. The D-Line will force passes but how things fly from there could be make or break for a team that won four games by a touchdown or less last season.
Cave City begins the season with Southside.