HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - The Harlan Green Dragons are making their final preparations for the high school football season.
They are doing so under new leadership for this season as Eric Perry takes over the program.
Coach Perry said that the summer workouts have been tough for his team, as he tries to get them primed for this fall.
"I cannot fault the effort from the kids at all," said Perry. "They've been warriors, to be honest with you. They've fought and fought through injuries and bumps and bruises, I have conditioned them pretty hard because we've had to."
Low numbers have added an extra struggle for the program, but Coach Perry is staying optimistic.
"We lost 11 kids then we had three that transferred as well. So all in all, we lost 14 kids," said Perry. "Coming back, we had 12 kids, that's what we had. When I got here, we had one freshman. We had 13 kids. It's been a struggle but I have enjoyed it."
Harlan tallied a 4-7 record one year ago. This year, they will start off with an 0-1 record after deciding to forfeit their first game against Harlan County due to not being able to field a competitive team. Meaning they won't take the field until hosting Berea on August 30.
The players are excited to get the season underway. They say that there is a lot of pride in putting the Green Dragon uniform on every Friday night.
"It's a lot of pride for me, my whole family has graduated from Harlan," said senior lineman Will McCarthy. "We might not always have the easiest or the best but we always find a way to make things work."
"I am blessed to be a Harlan Green Dragon," said junior running back/linebacker Ethan Clem. "It's an amazing feeling. Just putting on that jersey every day. Amazing feeling, I love it."