44 Blitz Preview 2021: Harrison Warriors

The Harrison Warriors are on the long road back to respectability. However, with new blood in camp, hope has returned to Evansville's east side.

Posted: Aug 12, 2021 5:15 PM
Updated: Aug 13, 2021 10:10 PM

The Harrison Warriors are on the long road back to respectability. However, with new blood in camp, hope has returned to Evansville's east side.

"The first year was hard," says Harrison head coach Moe Sutton.

"Last season we kind of didn't get to do what we wanted to do," says Harrison senior offensive lineman Trey Williams.

"From last year to this year, everyone's stronger," says Harrison senior quarterback Billy Sears. "We're moving the ball better."

2020 saw the return of a member from Harrison's glorious past. However, head coach Mo Sutton's arrival didn't lead to instant success, as Coronavirus held back the implementation of the new regime, leading to a disappointing 1-and-9 campaign. 2021 appears to be a different story.

"We spent a lot of time in the weight room in the off-season," says Sutton. "Just trying to improve teamwork, cooperation. These guys getting along and getting to know each other off the field."

"Last year, we wasn't in the weight room as much as this year," says Sears. "So, everybody's stronger, way faster than last year."

"We knew that with Coach Mo's very first year," says Williams, "we just needed more time. So, now this year we have more time. We know what to do now."

Among the changes that have been put into place is on offense, where at quarterback, where senior wide receiver Billy Sears has been converted to quarterback, taking over for Evan Doan. The versatile Sears will have an experienced line and a host of weapons to work with, as well.

"Billy Sears is a special kid," says Sutton. "We had to improve his confidence off the field, first. And now, on the field he'll be a different kid this year. We have Xavier Thomas coming back as receiver. He really takes the top end off the defense. Our running back, Albert Wadlington, he's going to be something special to watch. Offensive line is pretty strong, pretty big."

"More touchdowns, more yards and more entertainment for the fans," says Sears. "Our running back's pretty fast. He's strong. And I feel like nobody will be able to mess with him in the city. More offensive line is pretty good. They know what they're doing. And they know not to let anybody touch me."

"We are now moving the ball a lot better than we were last year," says Williams. "We're pushing it. We look a lot different than we have the last few years. Our line's going to be a lot different than it was last year. We have the same people again, as we had last year, but we've all been putting in a lot of work. So, we should be good on the o-line this year".

The defense has also benefitted from a second training camp under Sutton and his staff, as well some new faces in new places.

"We made some moves," says Sears. "We had a move-in that's definitely going to make a difference. We've shuffled some guys around, moved from different positions, but we'll be okay."

"The defense is going to be doing very good too," says Williams. "We've got pressure coming in. We have a lot of good players on defense. So, I feel like that's going to be good too."

"Our defense, they're bringing more energy," says Sears. "If we was to kick-off, I feel like we'd get the ball right back."

However, the key to the turnaround of this once mighty program isn't about x's and o's, or even about Jimmies and Joes. It's about attitude.

"We're just coming to work hard," says Williams. "We just want to prove people wrong. These past few years have been pretty hard. With the coaching situation and COVID. We just want to prove to people that we know what we're doing here at Harrison."

"The overall message is hard work," says Sears. "We're bringing integrity and showing what the Harrison tradition is all about."

"We will be a disciplined football team this year," says Sutton. "We will limit our mistakes and capitalize on our opponents mistakes. Relentless effort for four quarters."

The Warriors open up at home next Friday night against crosstown rival Reitz.

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