2021 36 Blitz: Great Crossing Warhawks
GEORGETOWN, Ky (WTVQ) – Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither can a football program. Great Crossing High School enters year three of being a program. For the players, it’s kinda cool to know they’ve helped start something.
“It’s just unbelievable to be a part of something,” says senior Kalib Perry. “You don’t really think of too much, but you think of man I’m one of the first graduating classes of this school. People are going to possibly remember me. People are going to talk about me one day. It’s unbelievable.”
The Warhawks has gradually gotten better. One win their first season. Three wins last season. The players can see themselves getting more comfortable.
“Just as a team when we practice you can tell that the atmosphere is so different now that we’re senior led,” says senior lineman Tre Combs. “Now that we have a lot more upperclassmen to lead the underclassmen into battle.”
Naturally, the Warhawks want to add more “W”s to that win column, but Head Coach Ricky bowling says you can’t necessarily look at it that way.
“We still want to take it one game at a time,” says Head Coach Ricky Bowling. “We don’t want to get caught up in the whole how many wins are we gonna have and all that. It’s one game at a time. Having our kids to be prepared. And have them understand how to prepare for a different opponent every week and how do you that and stay consistent. If you do that, more wins are gonna come.”
Something else that also helps winning…creating and identity.
“Year three we’re able to establish our offense,” says Coach Bowling. We have an identity. We’re able to establish our defense; we have an identity. Our defense was spectacular last year. I think we were like second in 5A in turnovers. And obviously we have a lot to carry on this season. I have everybody returning except for a corner, our quarterback and another corner.”
Combs knows on the field, the experience the Warhawks bring back this season will help them in the long run.
“We barely lose anyone so that is really going to help. We lost like two seniors so it’s going to be a senior-led team this year so that’s definitely going to help more.”
As you’re building a program and laying the foundation, you know what helps? Having stud athletes. And the Warhawks have one in all-around great athlete and Tennessee commit Kalib Perry, but Coach Bowling will tell you this team is way more than just one player.
“Obviously we have Kalib Perry. Oreyend Fisher is a defensive end who’s getting a lot of division one looks right now,” says Coach Bowling. “We have several guys that are very good high school football games.
Perry though…he’s a stud. He led the team in rushing last year, was second in receiving yards and led the team in touchdowns. That means the spotlight is on him. He doesn’t mind it at all.
Perry though, he’s a stud. He led the team in touchdowns and rushing yards last season. He was second in receiving and oh yea, he led the team in tackles. That means the spotlight is on him and he doesn’t mind that at all.”
“I really don’t mind all the ‘Oh, you’re a division-one player’ thing and committed to Tennessee. I just get out there and play my game you know? I want to give 110% Try to do as much as I can to help my team win and just get better each week because that’s part of the game. Sacrifice for your brothers and give it all on the field.”