Fitzgerald reloads at offensive line

Wrapping up a week long camp with the varsity offense and defense going head to head in the annual soap bowl. / Jon Benson

Following up on Fitzgerald High School's Soap Bowl on Friday, the team gets ready for the regular season, which is just around the corner.

Last year, the Purple Hurricanes had an outstanding overall record of 10-3 and made a deep run into the playoffs.

However, the Hurricanes fell short of their goal of a state title; losing in a triple overtime thriller to Jefferson High School 53-51. Jefferson would later go on and win the state title for the 2012 season.

This year for Fitzgerald things are different, but there is still one thing that remains the same; winning a state title. Coming into the 2013 season, the Purple Hurricanes have a whole new look on the offensive line. In fact, they do not have one returning starter on the line this year, so head coach Jason Strickland expects his young guys to step up.

Strickland says "these guys have some big shoes to fill, but over the summer they have been working hard."

Even with the questions at offensive line, the fans and coaches still have high expectations going into the new season. However, iIt does help having a senior leadership in quarterback Romarius Gaulden and safety Antonio Wilcox.

Strickland says "we certainly like who we've got in uniform along with the effort they give. I certainly am happy on who we have going into battle with."

Their first game for the new season is on August 23rd at home against Jefferson County High School with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.