New Coach Same Goal for Brooks Lions

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KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) - Weeks before Brooks reported for training camp Head Coach Jerry Hill announced he was leaving the football team to become the school's assistant principle.  Fortunately for the Lions, long time assistant Brad Black was chosen as the replacement, so it's been a pretty seamless transition.  "For me, I've been here for 12 years so I have watched these kids grow up.  The difference is the assistant coaches that came from the outside."  Coach Black told WHNT's Chase Horn.  "They have been accepted by our kids and it's been a great transition so far.  We are still getting used to each other."

The smooth coaching change allows the team to focus on the all important goal of making a return to the playoffs.  The Lions finished last year with a record of 5-5 and missed the post season for the first time in 14 years, something that's unacceptable for senior quarterback Tyce Thomas.   "That was rough last year to break the streak, but it motivates us because we know what it's like. Five and five is not good here at all, it's crap. We just let that motivate us to be better this year."

Brooks Opens the 2015 season August 27th at Sheffield.