No high school team in our viewing area has a bigger target on its back than Pike Liberal Arts.
The defending AISA champs come into the season as the team to beat.
And it is a VERY different Patriots' team.
Coach Steven Kilcrease lost a slew of offensive weapons, including his star running back Jerrell Foster.
This season may be a little more diversified with the strategy.
"Our strength is going to be up front with our offensive line," says Kilcrease. "Our O-line could potentially be better barring injuries. It's just going to have to be a little more grind it out type offense. And we have to do better throwing the ball. We didn't have to do that last year. This year we will."
Pike Lib opens up its season against Morgan Academy.