Gambrel Toyota Pigskin Preview: Letcher Central looks to build on success from 2018

WHITESBURG, Ky (WYMT) - The Letcher Central Cougars made a big jump last season in the win column. From winless in 2017 to five wins in 2018, the Cougars hope to keep the improvement going this season.

"You know we just want to build on the success we had the second half of the season last year, just kinda carry that forward into this year and hopefully have a good season," said head coach Junior Matthews.

"When I first came in, we weren't really bonding as a team," said senior receiver, Zack Hensley. "Everybody was just putting themselves first, but over the year everybody's put each other first instead of themselves first, and we've just grown as team chemistry."

"I've had Junior (Matthews) as a coach ever since I was in 5th grade, and by far one of the best coaches I've ever had," said senior Jason Buttrey.

The Letcher Central Cougars are looking for steady improvement in Junior Matthews' fourth year with the program.

After a winless year in 2017, Letcher central clawed their way to five wins last season and had a shot at the district title. Matthews says that the Cougars' jump in the win column was not as much about the physical as much as it was about the mental part of the game.

"The mental game is the biggest challenge. Kids are going to work and coaches are going to work, everyone's gonna put the time in. But on Friday, just believing that you can do the things that you can do," said Matthews. "The success we had, I think we finished 5-6 last year after the 0-10 year before, and I feel like that we really made some ground in the mental part of the game."

Letcher Central will start their season August 23rd against Shelby Valley.

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