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Oak Hill football preview: New year, new era

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This year marks a new era for Oak Hill's football program, after decades under Eddie Souk Jr. the reigns of the Red Devil's have been passed down to last year's assistant coach Jason Blankenship.

"We're excited to start the season, we have a lot of new kids, a lot of new faces around the program and we're all trying make a name for ourselves and it's a team sport and that's what we're trying to put in the kids," he said.

This new chapter will be without some key seniors from last year, including a major contributor to their offensive scheme, running back Jalen Jones.

"Jalen did a lot for us at Oak Hill and Mount Hope when he played there. but we have to replace him with a lot of different people now, he was one of the best players the school has ever had."

While those graduated will be missed, those remaining are talented and ready to step into those roles.

"Coming back we have a good solid defense, and offense is going to be good. I mean, we have things to work on but small steps before you can take big steps," said senior Jabari Jones.

The team is ready to improve on their 9-3 2013 campaign where they made it to the first round of the playoffs.  But as expected, this year they have motivation is to go farther.

"We can go as far as we want to and we win as many games as we want to, we just have to do it here on the practice field," senior Jacob Lafferty added.

This group will write their next page to the Red Devil history book, as their season starts August 29th with a game at Lewis County.
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