By Anthony Rhoads
It's pretty much going to be the same for the Lovejoy Wildcats in the 2003 football season.
They're going to feature an offense based on throwing the ball. In a world where most high school teams have an almost religious devotion to running the ball, Lovejoy continues with the airborne attack. The spread offense was implemented several years ago when Al Hughes was offensive coordinator under former head coach C.W. Campbell.
In the last two years as head coach, Hughes has guided the Wildcats to two straight playoff appearances including last season's 9-3 campaign.
"We're going to spread it out," Hughes said. "It's going to be the same P.E. offense. The kids like it and we have fun with it. If we could throw the ball on every down, we would throw it on every down."
Leading the Wildcats' aerial assault will be senior quarterback Kisan Flakes. Flakes was a back-up last year through the first two-and-a-half games.
He was brought in to play the second half of the Jonesboro game and helped lead the team to victory.
After that performance, Flakes was named the starter and went one of the top offensive leaders in Region 4-AAAAA.
"He's a great player and out team leader," Hughes said.
Some of the players Flakes will be throwing the ball to wide receivers Dennis Thomas, Vennard Hoover and Santini Washington; tight end Kyle Neal and tailback Aaron Williams.
Even with the most talented backfield and receivers, a team couldn't function without the big guys on the offensive line.
The 2003 Wildcats features some of the best offensive linemen in the area including seniors Anthony Parker and Andy Lassiter and junior Chris Scott.
When it comes to stopping opposing teams, some of the players Hughes will rely on will be defensive end Jeremy Lomax, linebacker Keith Boykins, and defensive backs Keith Fitzhugh and Robert Hall.
Lovejoy opens the 2003 season Aug. 29 against Forest Park at Twelve Oaks Stadium.
Lovejoy was at football camp last week at Andrew College in Cuthbert.
"When you're gone, you're gone," Hughes said. "There's no distractions and you can focus on football."