Hurricane coach Steve Pearson has a good idea of what would constitute a good season for his Tiger football team. He wants a strong finish (a good start wouldn’t hurt, either), an upset over a team Hurricane is supposed to lose to and he wants his team to earn a playoff spot.
That last goal is going to be more challenging this season than in year’s past. But that’s not because of the quality of the Tigers. It’s because three Region 9 teams will be left out of the tournament. Last season, every single 3AA South team qualified.
“It gives it a different dynamic,” Pearson said. “It’s a little bit different for our kids. I like having a wider field. I think it’s better for competition all around. I think it’s great to draw the playoffs from four different regions. It will add a little bit more intrigue.”
And the Tigers expect to be among the teams battling it out for one of the four Region 9 spots. While Hurricane only returns three starters each on offense and defense, Pearson doesn’t feel his team is that inexperienced — or at least not any more inexperienced than the other teams in the region.
“We lost a lot of starters, but aren’t super different than a lot of teams in our situation,” Pearson said. “We have a lot of kids back who either started for us last year or had significant time.”
Headlining the group is senior running back Jaron Cordova. During his junior season, Cordova rushed for 994 yards and 6 touchdowns, serving as the workhorse for the Tigers’ Wing-T offense. Cordova will also get some help in the backfield from senior running back Tyler Moore.
Who will be lining under center for that offense, though, is…