August 2, 2002
Even though they made the playoffs for the first time in over a decade last year, the Albany High Indians still feel like they have something to prove.
The Indians are out to show that they aren't a flash in the pan, or a one hit wonder and they have the personell to do it.
Head coach Scott Horton lost only 2 starters off of last year's team that went 6 and 4 before losing in the first round to Cook.
CoachHorton said "We only lost four seniors. We've got nine on defense coming back and we got eight on offense. We got a lot of experience and experience will take you a long ways, and we're looking for those guys to take us."
One of the biggest keys to the Indians success this year will be Senior quarterback Ricardo Salisbury. A three year starter under center, Salisbury is ready to lead the Indians into unchartered territory.
Senior Quarterback Ricardo Salisbury said, "Coming into this year, it's big for the recruiting. I feel like if I lead my team then they'll follow, just coming in we have to be explosive off the start to set a tone for everybody else in the region."
Joining Salisbury in the backfield is senior running back Wendall Solomon, who's twin brother Wayne is also a threat at wide receiver.
Seniors Chris Oliver and Lionel Jackson anchor the defensive line and new comer Jeffery Jess is already attracting the attention of college coaches.
Horton said, "We got a lot of experience and we're hoping that will carrry us big time during the season."
And instead of dwelling on last years success, Horton and the Indians are concentrating on the future.
Horton said, "We're trying to focus on the season, on the first game, on the first practice game, and we're trying to get better each day."
The Indians open the season on Thursday August 29th at Hugh Mills Stadium against Miller County.