KILLEN, Ala. - Two years ago Brooks high school missed the playoffs for the first time in 14 years, but in 2015 Brad Black took over as head coach. He led the Lions to an 11-2 record and the third round of the post season. The team has a chance to be even better this year. Coach Black has eight starters coming back on defense, and nine on offense making this one of the most experienced teams he's ever seen at Brooks. "Playing wise this is probably the most experienced teams we've had here since I've been here in 13 years," Black told WHNT News 19's Taylor Tannebaum. "I think those guys have worked hard together for a long time, like I said, five of those guys started on the defense side of the ball when they were freshman."
Coach Black is especially excited to see what his senior running back can do now that he's healthy. Deondre Hampton was dealing with a hip injury in that third round playoff loss to Fayette County, that's not an excuse for the Lions, but Black says their offense is definitely a different unit with Hampton on the field. "He is the best I've ever seen. I'll be honest with you, and I know there is some really good backs and stuff. The good thing about Deondre is he's a really good kid." Hampton will be the first to tell you he left some plays on the field in that game, but now he's ready to put the team on his back in 2016. "Just felt like I could have produced more for my team. I'm definitely ready to get back out there and show them what I had back then, but it wasn't there that night."
Brooks opens the season in Montgomery August 20 against Andalusia.