Central High School football truly embodies its school mascot, the yellowjacket. They defend their nest by implementing core values with an effective coaching philosophy. When opposing teams stand as a threat to their nest, they have consistently stung the competition, leaving them in utter pain in recent years.
Head Coach Ty Scroggins is in his ninth season and has won five state championships out of six attempts in Class 3A. As a response to the programâ€™s success, he simply says that sticking to the â€œprocessâ€ has been the difference.
â€œSince 2007, the process has not changed. We ask them to do the things that are expected here at Central High School. When July 15 roles around, we challenge the kids. We ask them if they want to be recognized as the one group who never won a state championship. 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. Itâ€™s about them wanting to win. If you come here, you will be coached hard and youâ€™re going to do the things we ask you to do.â€
Coach says that by the team sticking to its process through coaching and through meetings, the process has taken care of itself.
The Yellowjackets most recent history saw its victory over St. X earlier this season. It was the first victory Central has ever had over the Tigers. Scroggins says the win is not to be taken for granted.
â€œIt means more than the other schools. We have never beat St. X in the history of them playing each other. We were able to get out there and do something and be successful.â€
To truly be successful, though, there must be players who lay it all out on the field week in and week out. Senior leaders, linebacker Aaron Duncan, quarterback Myron Norfleet and wide receiver Kambrin Brown, were the last ones to see a state championship ring back in 2012. Since then, they have been working to bring back the jewel.
Duncan says leadership is key. â€œIf I donâ€™t lead, then no one else is going to be able to lead. They have to have somebody to keep them in check, and I feel like I am that person. When I lead, I put them on my back.â€
Duncan has done just that as he has led the defense in tackles this season. Coach thinks highly of his talent. â€œAaron is probably â€“ out of all the linebackers weâ€™ve had â€“ he is up there with some of the best. He hits hard and plays the game like it is supposed to be played.â€
At the helm is Myron Norfleet, who has grown over the years as quarterback and now presents a dual threat at the position in both his passing and running ability.
Norfleet has had the chance to make history in football, and he hopes to do the same within his immediate family. He has received a scholarship offer from Kentucky Wesleyan to play. He said that he and his older brother have the opportunity to be the first college graduates in his immediate family.
â€œI really want to play in college because this is what I love. This is how I better myself.â€ When asked what it would mean to him to be the first college grad with his brother, he said, â€œThat would be great for us. It will have more of an impact with my little brother. I am really trying to do better things for my family instead of being out here and being another statistic.â€
Brown says that without the team unity and brotherhood, the program would not be as successful. Hanging out as teenagers and friends have kept them close.
â€œWe have a good brotherhood. We go out to places on the weekend and we get through things on the field.â€
Coach Scroggins says all three seniors have grown tremendously over the four years. â€œI have seen them all grow up over the last three years, and it is kind of fun seeing them grow up. As freshman, they rode the bandwagon, and did what they were supposed to do for us to get a ring. But now it is there turn to give back to the younger generation.â€ VT