The Graceville Tigers will be under new leadership this year on the football field, something the school has experienced all too-often in recent years. Tommy Roberts is hoping to be a constant though and has retained assistant coaches the team is familiar with to help facilitate a smooth transition this year.
Roberts started early establishing stability when he asked assistant coaches Leroy Barkley, Jarred Seegers and Chris Works. Well known Graceville coach Rod Adams will also be joining the football program this year. The Tigers will have a varsity and junior varsity team, opting against a middle school team based on numbers. Coach Butch Burrell will head up the junior varsity squad that will be comprised of seventh through ninth graders.
As far as this year’s varsity squad, Roberts is hopeful for a turnaround season after a disappointing 2017 year. He will have Savoric Williams returning as the starting quarterback with the center position still up for grabs. Junior Josh Howell and sophomore Brandon Crutchfield are expected to make an impact this year. Big things are expected from senior Joseph Claiborne who will have double duty as a fullback on offense and will be a defensive starter. Sophomore Xavian Sorey returns as a premier running back, gaining on his experience from last year with sophomore Damion Robinson expecting to be a feature running back. Roberts says they have lost some key players from last year to other schools but he has a solid team that is committed to his program and he is confident it will be a good year for Graceville Tiger football.
At present, there are 26 varsity team members and 18 on the junior varsity. The Tigers will run an offensive multi spread with some double wing plays also. The team will run the ball more, utilizing their speed and pass the ball less.