“Our primary goal is to win state championship and be the best 3A team in the state of Kentucky,” Scroggins maintains. “We want to be in Bowling Green the first weekend in December.”
It’s no surprise that Coach Scroggins has his eye on the prize once again after a decade’s worth of work. After capturing five state championships in nine seasons, the standard at Central has been either championship or bust.
Posing such a daunting task to his players, Coach Scroggins has tested their psychological fortitude in efforts to get them ready for the upcoming season – and to again exhibit the dominance the program has shown in Class 3A in recent years.
“We challenge the kids. We ask them if they want to be recognized as the one group that never won a state championship,” he adds. “We tell them, ‘If you want to be a champion, this is what we are going to do and this is what it is going to take.’ It’s about them wanting to win. If you come here, you will be coached hard and you’re going to do the things we ask you to do. So when they come here, we will give them all the love they need and teach them the game of football the right way.”
Last season was historic for Central after they defeated St. X for the first time in school history. But the Yellowjackets aren’t becoming complacent in past victories; instead, they understand the task becomes even greater in the 2016 season as many will be eager to see how they perform in St. X’s backyard.
“St. X was a big win because we never beat St. X in the history of Central,” says Scroggins. “It’s one of those things where we got the monkey off our back and we were able to beat the 6A Catholic schools. Now this year, we have to go into their place and do it. History says that when we go over there, we don’t play as good. They always jump out to big leads on us so we have to take the same mentality we had over at our stadium last year, and hopefully, good things will happen. We just put our best foot forward.”
This season, Central will rely heavily on the rushing game of senior running back Corey Johnson. Last year, he rushed for 558 yards and crossed the goal line for nine touchdowns. This year, he can anticipate 90 percent of the rushing load.
“It means a lot,” affirms Johnson. “I have to take on a big leadership role for me, so I have to carry the load with the rushing game and the other offensive tactics. I will be depending on the passing game a lot. It will be a big thing for our offense to help out with the rushing.”
Some may consider the pressure mounting on Johnson to produce on the offensive end to be too much, but his coach believes he will exceed expectations.
“He is going to be our back that we are going to showcase,” says Scroggins. “So he knows the challenge in front of him. But Corey is going to make a big name for himself this year.”
There are high hopes as expected at Central, and it’s safe to say Coach Scroggins has solidified himself as one of the elite coaches in the state of Kentucky due in large part to his consistency in wins and coaching philosophy.
For a program that is unapologetic about its season goals, there are two core values Coach Scroggins has ingrained into the hearts and minds of his players so that they grow into experiencing an abundant amount of success.
“We have to have good discipline and good character,” he relates. “These are the things we strive for as Central Yellowjackets. We tell them, ‘If you want to be a Yellowjacket, you have to be the best and you have to be great.’” VT