Guntersville Wildcats trying to stay on top

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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. - The Guntersville Wildcats have earned a trip to the playoffs in ten of the past 11 seasons, but their recent run of success has been particularly impressive.  Head Coach Lance Reese has led his team to back to back undefeated regular seasons, reaching the third round of the playoffs each year.  Doing that again won't be easy.  The school's all-time leading rusher, Jordan Bentley, now plays at Alabama A&M, so coach Reese is counting on his senior quarterback Major Henderson and the rest of the team to step up.  "We have to be more balanced.  We feel like we have a really good group of receivers.  At running back we are going to be more running back by committee," coach Reese said.  We'll have several guys playing that role, but Major is a three year starter at quarterback.  You'll see him running it as well as throwing it."

 

Guntersville is a young team this year with just seven seniors, but if you ask Henderson, that's not an excise.  The Wildcats' field general plans to top the past couple of seasons, and advancing past the third round and competing for a state title.  "We talk about the lot.  It's one of the biggest things, we go to the third round twice in a row and lose 26-0 both times, makes us look like we aren't supposed to be there.  I think we are a really good team, and we are supposed to be there," Henderson told WHNT News 19 Sports' Taylor Tannebaum.  "We didn't do some things we needed to do to win, but I think we can pull it out this year."

 

Guntersville kicks of the 2016 season August 26 at Oneonta.