H.S. FOOTBALL | Frederick Douglass Looking Forward to First-Ever Season

07/18/2017 07:07 PM

This year will be a year of “firsts” for Frederick Douglass High School.

The new school in Lexington will open its doors for the first time in the coming weeks, which means its fall sports teams will also be playing their first games in the near future.

The Frederick Douglass football team is one of those teams. In fact, it is already hard at work preparing for the upcoming season.

The team’s head coach, former UK quality control assistant Brian Landis, was named to the position in January.

“It’s an unbelievable place,” said Landis.

So far this offseason, Landis has spent time building a culture based on “core values.”

“Our first core value’s ‘accountability,’ second one’s ‘honesty,’ our third one’s ‘character’ and our fourth one’s ‘discipline,’” said Landis.

As with any new program, there are some challenges.

“Biggest challenge is really trying to get everybody on the same page,” said running back Jefferson Harkless. “It’s a new program, so we’re all just trying to learn.”

But the team is dealing very well with those challenges, because of the fact the players have great chemistry with each other.

“It’s like we’re all best friends,” said nose guard and left guard Tre’Jwan Scott.

Frederick Douglass begins its regular season on Saturday, August 19 at Danville. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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