Since he took over as head coach in 2011, Darren Corpus hasn’t stopped pushing to restore pride in the Lions’ program.
In 2012, the Lions finished 7-3 and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2001, but they have since posted 2-7 (2013) and 4-5 (2014) records and failed to make the playoffs.
After an offseason that saw the best participation in Corpus’ tenure, he’s eager to see how Borah will stack up in 2015.
“We have had a phenomenal winter, spring and summer offseason,” Corpus said. “Every year since I’ve been here it’s gotten better, and that’s a tribute to the kids and all the coaches who are involved in the program.”
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With 21 seniors — including eight returning starters on both sides of the ball — the Lions have set their sights on a postseason berth.
Corpus said they will rely on overall team speed to help them chase down that goal, along with an experienced group of returning skill players.
“We need to utilize our team speed, and that’s not just on the defensive side but the offensive side as well,” Corpus said.
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Players to watch
JACE FORREY, RB/LB
The senior earned honorable mention all-conference status at linebacker last year. He also will take his speed to an expanded role on offense this season.
CHRIS HUGON, WR/CB
Standing 5-6, the senior hauled in 19 passes for 352 yards and five touchdowns last year thanks to excellent hands and toughness.
NICK EDEN, OL/DL
The 6-0, 275-pound senior will anchor the offensive and defensive lines. Borah coach Darren Corpus calls him a “natural leader.”
JAKE PAULIN, WR/S
Corpus said the two-way senior, who also plays basketball, has steadily improved since last season and predicted he’ll make some big plays on both sides of the ball.