Cameron Hess just wants to prove people wrong.
East Ridge finished with a 2-8 record last season.
But Hess wants to prove to people the Warriors can play.
Hess will be one of the leaders of this season’s East Ridge team.
“We have a lot of new guys,” Hess said. “We just have to teach and show our leadership more this year than in the past. This year, we’re just trying to prove, we always have the same old East Ridge, but we’re just trying to prove we can play, not only as a team, but individually.”
Hess is a standout tight end on offense and on defense he is a talented defensive lineman who can even play some linebacker if he needs and drop in coverage.
“Being a two-way player is really hard on your body,” Hess said. “Some of our younger guys don’t have that experience, so they’ll have to step up and play both ways. We’ll have to show them different techniques, different ways to execute and find ways to lead the squad.”
Last season, Hess caught 24 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball 28 times for 123 yards and a TD.
On defense, Hess led the Warriors with 71 total tackles, three sacks and an interception.
“I hope we throw the ball a little more this year and get me more involved,” Hess said. “I have a lot of faith in our quarterback, so he moves around and I can move around and get open.”
With the new district re-alignment, East Ridge will be in a Class 2A District 8. The district will be a six team district. Besides the Warriors, East Ridge will compete against Shelby Valley, Prestonsburg, Martin County, Bath County and West Carter.
“The district is going to be tougher this year,” Hess said. “We have to be ready right off the bat and prove people wrong who say we can’t play. A playoff spot, that’s what we want.”