Phenix City, Ala.--A young football team full of talent, Central-Phenix city didn’t make the playoffs a year ago and one of the games that cost them was a close 23-17 loss on the road at Auburn. With new Coach Jamey Dubose in place and more experience, the Red Devils were ready for the rematch with the Tigers last Friday night.
Jumping on top early and cruising to a 47-17 victory, Central is now one of the favorites to challenge for a state championship game berth early in the 2014 season. One of the biggest reasons why is a talented defense led by 2016 prospect John Broussard.
A cover corner that can take away one side of the field, Broussard rarely got challenged in the win and that has become the norm for him. Excited about what he and his teammates accomplished, Broussard said it’s just another step for a program hungry to get back to the top for the first time in 21 years.
“We came in prepared, we came in hungry, we came in with the mindset to win the game,” Broussard said. “We just came out and hit them in the mouth. We kept on going and kept on trucking, and came out with the win.
“It’s a way different feeling being 3-0 than 1-2,” he added about his team’s fast start. “We worked hard all summer and have a new head coach. We have adapted to him. We’re just ready to put in work.”
Already a four-star prospect on Scout.com, Broussard said it’s exciting to get so much early attention from big-time college football programs, but it hasn’t kept him from striving to get better. That has been his mindset since last season and he said it continues every day he steps on the field.
“I feel so much better as a player,” Broussard said. “My confidence is higher and my playing is better. I just worked all through the spring and the offseason to get better.”
With a top six of Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, LSU and Kentucky, Broussard is definitely focused on staying in the South right now. Already a visitor to the Plains for the season opener against Arkansas, he said there is a lot to like about the Tigers at the moment.
“I have seen good coaching and good discipline from them,” Broussard said. “They run all their plays right and do everything right. It was fun at that first Auburn game because of the atmosphere. Being able to talk to the players and coaches was fun.”