ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – The Eagles are entering year three in the J.R. Edwards coaching regime. The team went 4-6 in 2016, which was a big improvement from a winless 2015. Franklin County returns to the field with more youth after losing a big senior class a year ago. Their schedule is loaded with defending champ 4A Salem and 3A playoff powers Magna Vista and Staunton River. The Eagles say some of their biggest strengths will be physicality and mental toughness.
"It's a tough game for tough people, in tough circumstances. We're trying to get better every day. That's our little slogan here, get better than you were the day before and I'm challenging these young men and they're stepping up," says Franklin County coach J.R. Edwards.
"You're always looking to get better. We're a real physical team. Physicality, that's what's going to be most important for us, " says Franklin County quarterback Kaleb Smith.
"It all starts here in camp - physicality, mentality. They may be bigger than you but you just have to hit them harder. You just have to go after them just as hard as they go after you," says RJ Saunders, a Franklin County lineman.
The Eagles open play with Liberty-Bedford before traveling to Salem in week two of the season.