MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) – Last year, Madisonville North Hopkins had a terrific season. The Maroons posted 10 wins and made a Class 4A region 1 championship appearance. Despite falling on that big stage and losing key players like JD Gilbert, the team and head coach Jay Burgett says this team is confident, mature, and ready to go.
“We made the region championship but we loss Aaron Miller, lost a center, lost JD Gilbert, lost Roberto Cruz, Emilio Arispe, I can name more, but that senior class was only about seven players, so we lost that but we return a good piece of the puzzle of what we made to the regional championship.”
Home Team Friday MVP winner, and one of the Maroons tailbacks, Jeriah Hightower, thinks the Maroons will be a tighter group with an aggressive play style.
“Our mindset is like a dog’s mentality, just hard work everyday, just to play with a chip on our shoulder and be humble at the same time. We are closer than last year. Biggest senior class we have had in a long time too, so it’s just a lot more leadership.”
Another Madisonville North Hopkins player, Willie Posey, explains because the team has been working together, there is potential for a great campaign.
“The bond is unbelievable on this team and we all hold each other accountable and that’s something I love about this team. Just being able to help our program really means a lot to us. Being where we are now and what we are capable of, it’s really going to be an unbelievable season.”
Madisonville North Hopkins will face off against Union County on August 23rd.
(This story was originally published on July 11, 2019)