For the Record
Coach: Chris Davidson, first season
Starters back: 4 on offense; 3 on defense
Past five seasons: 15-35
Chris Davidson is not short on idealism. The new La Plata coach has broad goals for reviving a program that has won one game in each of the past two seasons and has not made the postseason since 1994.
"You're talking about changing the mind-set here," Davidson said. "We want to purge the negativity. That includes players and coaches."
Only seven varsity players returned this season, so Davidson has a great opportunity to eliminate bad habits and start building the program from the underclassmen on up. He has sold his few seniors on helping him with that.
"At the end of last year, we all knew it would be slim pickings senior-wise around here," senior quarterback B.J. Conley said. "We figure we would do exactly what Coach Davidson wants and build this program for tomorrow. We all have to work with the underclassmen."
After noticing Charles County's four other schools play with more muscle and embrace contact, Davidson wants a more physical style from his players.
"We're going to turn these kids into real physical kids," he said, "and they seem to like it. We hit everyday" in practice.
Conley, who finished last season as La Plata's quarterback, returns to run the Warriors' double-wing offense (Davidson insists, "It is not a wing-T.") Behind him are senior brothers Ty and Mark Kisner at running back and fullback, respectively. Ty Kisner led the Warriors with 595 rushing yards last season and figures to improve on that, with a bulked-up 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame.