MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala.- Just days before the start of fall camp, the AHSAA lifted the postseason ban placed on Muscle Shoals back in February for recruiting violations. The Trojans can now chase a state championship which is exactly what they plan to do.
"Expectations is you know..if nobody believed in you winning then why play? Our kids respect that and they welcome that challenge, " said head coach Scott Basden. "A lot has been given to us and a lot is expected."
Expectations are high despite just two returning starters on both sides of the ball. Defensively, it's linebacker Hunter Oltmer and safety Jordyn Peters. They were part of a 2015 D-unit that allowed less than 10 points per game.
"We take pride in playing great defense and we have to continue to set that bar high," said Basden. "It's not just one guy, all 11 gotta get to the ball."
"The two starters coming back, me and Jordyn, we're taking leadership of the team," Oltmer said. "The defense is growing together as one."
The offense is under new rule with former Russellville head coach Perry Swindle taking over as coordinator. He's breaking in a new quarterback this season. Andrew Willingham is replacing three-year starter Landon Smothers under center.
"We do the same thing from pee-wee to junior high to varsity," said Basden. "So you know it's always the same. It's just next man up mentality."
Muscle Shoals kicks off the season on August 19th at home against Gardendale. The Trojans are currently riding a 37-game home win streak.