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CHATSWORTH -- After the program had lost 12 consecutive games, including going winless last year, Murray County High School football coach Chade Brewer knew something had to change.
Now the Indians have changed everything, but the first thing was attitude.
"It was obvious," Brewer said. "Our first meeting after the season was very positive. Everybody was disappointed in the season, but everybody was ready for the challenge for the next year. You have to close the book and move on.
"The change first started with a commitment from our coaching staff. Then we asked the players if they wanted change, and of course they all said yes. So at that point we told them that they have to put the work in to make that happen. It all started with that one question and it was our challenge to them."
Besides its returning players, including its 29 upperclassmen, there isn't much that is the same about the team's logistics. Down to what time the players worked out in the summer and what days they worked out on, the team also changed the setup of their locker room.
"We grouped everybody by position to make sure we've got old guys mixing with young guys," Brewer said. "I think that's going to help out our team chemistry."
Arguably Murray County's biggest change, however, is its decision to run a triple option. Brewer said after Nick Ross took over as offensive coordinator, serving as the running backs coach last season, he trusted him to make the offense function as it needs to.
"He is a triple option guy and I knew it was a direction that we probably needed to go in," Brewer said. "That part of the change has really come at the right time. He knew the personnel coming back and knew what we had to do."
Brewer said the offense will depend on the success of its line, one with multiple returners and even a few to substitute in and out. Playmakers in the backfield are numerous, as well, starting with a quarterback duo of Kaleb Jones and Cade Petty. Adam Corral, Shawn Corral and Davis Redwine will all also see touches.
With all the change comes a new sense of hope, something Brewer said his team can turn into wins such as its victory over Polk County in its preseason scrimmage.
"We made sure as coaches that we wanted them to know that that was a feeling they could have a lot," he said. "It's a feeling that you don't get a lot of times in life, but they can have that a lot this season and the seasons to come if they just continue to work.
"As a group, I thought our kids were ready very competitive and played like we wanted to win. If they play hard like that all the time then we have a chance, and that's all I can ask for."
Coach: Chad Brewer (seventh year)
2018 record: 0-10, 0-5 in Region 6-3A
All-time school record: 301-390-11, first season in 1950
Region championships: five, most recent in 1999
State championships: none
2017 record: 3-7
2016 record: 6-4
2015 record: 4-6
2014 record: 2-8
Impact players: Kaleb Jones (junior, quarterback) -- 57-for-106 for 504 yards and four touchdowns last season; Cade Petty (junior, running back/quarterback/linebacker) -- 43 carries for 331 yards and two touchdowns last season; Brannon Nuckolls (junior, receiver) -- 17 receptions for 221 yards and one touchdown last season; Carson Voiles (junior, linebacker) -- 90 tackles and two sacks last season; Tyler Hayes (senior, defensive back) -- one interception last season
Keep an eye on: Christian Barbour (junior, lineman); Seth Gallman (senior, lineman); Drew Johnson (junior lineman); Gonzalo Mena (junior, lineman); Gabriel Mena (junior, lineman); Lincoln Puryear (junior, tight end); Davis Redwine (junior, running back/receiver/defensive back); Adam Corral (senior, running back/defensive back); Shawn Corral (senior, running back/defensive back); Gauge Stanley (senior, running back/tight end)