Mountain Home has fallen on hard times. The Tigers, who reached the state semis as recently as ’08, are 2-34 in the past four years. And new coach Jim Clark is the team’s fourth head coach since last August.
But Clark said he’s seen remarkable growth in his first offseason.
“There are kids here, kids who want to work, who want to put the time in,” Clark said. “We’ve just got to get them out here and doing it with the right attitude.”
Clark said his largest focus was instilling discipline. The first wave included personal discipline for players. Next comes discipline on the field, a feature that should help a Tigers defense that surrendered 53.6 points per game in 2014.
Clark is installing a new spread offense, but he keeps details close to his vest. He did note the team will use two quarterbacks — athletic senior Chris Wright and junior Michael Campbell, more of a pocket passer.
“It’s really not even a battle,” Clark said. “We’ll go with two quarterbacks. I have no doubt about that right now.”
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
COLE GARRETT, RB/DE
The 6-2, 210-pound senior will bookend the Tigers’ defense, where Mountain Home coach Jim Clark said his aggressiveness will cause fits.
CHRIS WRIGHT, QB/RB/CB
Named the top running back at a Boise State camp, the junior’s quickness and athleticism allow him to cover a lot of ground in the secondary. And he’s splitting time at quarterback.
BRENDAN NEGRI, OL/DL
The 6-4, 290-pound two-way lineman has stepped up as a leader of the team during the summer, Clark said.
TYLER OGAARD, OL/DL
The senior and two-way lineman earned second-team all-4A SIC honors last season.