LITTLE RIVER ACADEMY, Texas (KWTX) The Academy Bumblebees are going into year number two with Paul Williams as head coach after going 4-7 last season, which ended with a loss to the West Trojans in the first round of the playoffs.
Most of the players at the skilled positions last season are returning, and a majority of them are juniors. Going in with little to no varsity experience, along with a new coaching staff and scheme, it was a learning as they go type deal.
"Coach (R.J.) Bacon came in and explained the offense really well," junior lineman Tanner Rambeau said. "Our guys have a high enough IQ to adapt and get to know the offense."
"We've had a lot more preparation with training," senior linebacker and tight end Braeden Lilly said. "Strength and conditioning camp, we've had a lot more numbers. We've had a lot more people buy in and we're excited to see the improvement this year compared to last year."
The Bees are more comfortable and prepared going into year number two with this staff, and they're hoping to push Cameron Yoe for that district title.
"We had a good spring this past spring," Williams said. "We had a great summer. The retention has been fantastic, the effort has been there, the kids are excited about where we are, and I'm excited for the kids and what we're going to do this year."
Academy begins the 2019 season Thursday, August 29, against the Rogers Eagles at UMHB's Crusader Stadium.