The Southeastern Lions football team had been back to back champions of the Southland Conference in both 2013 and 2014. This past season, the Lions faced the daunting task of winning a third straight title.
It was a tough year for the Lions as they were unable to to capture that elusive championship and went 4-7 on the year. Injuries plagued the Lions as they lost key seniors Xavier Roberson, Jeff Smiley, and Juwann Rogers early in the season. Yet with all of the adversity thrown at the team, the Lions are already eyeing a shot at regaining their top spot in 2016. “We’re ready to step up into new roles and see younger guys come along. It’s about us coming back, proving people wrong. We want to silence the doubters, and be the best that we can be,” said wide receiver Kaylan Richardson.
The Lions have a chance to do that as they are bringing back experienced players such as quarterbacks D’shaie Landor and Donovan Isom on offense, along with linebacker Tre’ Bennett on defense, and senior defensive tackle Javari Nichols. The key to the Lions’ success over the past few seasons have been their ability to have experienced players with the mix of youthful energy in games. 2016 will be the same as they have a substantial number of seniors to go along with underclassmen who have significant in-game experience.
The Lions hope to regain their high level of play going into the next season and already have plans to work hard and be more detailed in their approach heading into the next year. For some players, the focus is to improve their individual game and make adjustments before heading into spring practice, in order to gain a head start on the competition around the country. “I expect to get better in everything as a Quarterback. I am going to train hard in the offseason and just improve my game in the film room and the field. I just want to become a true student of the game heading into the spring,”said Donovan Isom.
The individual ambition of the Lions will allow for them to be close as a team and return to their winning ways. “We are just ready to get back on the field and play to the highest ability that we can. The fans are in for a treat next year,” said wide receiver Cole Leblanc.
The Lions take the field for spring practice starting in March.