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Lausanne Football Prepares For What Could Be A Historic Season

Witness Lynx History was the Lausanne football team motto headed into the 2016 season. 

The previous season had ended in the second round of the TSSAA state football playoffs: a 42-10 loss to St. George's. 

But the offseason had seen the team come together in a way head coach Kevin Locastro knew could be special. 

"We had all the components needed for success entering the 2016 season. We had a poised and talented quarterback, Mario Nolan-Dillard, and a special player at running back in Eric Gray. There was a ton of experience on both sides of the ball. Defensively we had great senior leadership from guys like James Babb and Cameron Kinley. The coaching staff was confident we had something unique in that group of young men," Locastro said. 

That season began with a 54-10 win at Germantown. The St. George's loss from the year before avenged the following week in a 41-12 rout of the Gryphons on their home field. 

From there, the Lynx were off and running, knocking down records left and right. 

The record for the most wins in Lausanne football history. 

Advancing further than any other team in Lausanne history. 

The first state championship in Lausanne history. 

The first undefeated team in school history.

The following year, more of the same: another undefeated season with another state championship to cap it off. 

And now, the day before the kickoff of the 2018 season, there's another chance to witness history.

With two more wins, Lausanne would hold the record for most consecutive wins in Shelby County football history with 29. The current record of 28 is held by MUS, set over their 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons. 

Lausanne also has the chance to become the first football team in Shelby County to three-peat as state champions. 

Eric Gray '19 comes into the season with a chance to break another record. Gray ran for 3,151 yards in just 13 games last season. He scored 45 touchdowns on the ground and 49 in total, setting a Shelby County single-season record.

With 31 rushing touchdowns this season, Gray would hold the Tennessee record for most total rushing touchdowns (the record is currently 114). 

Gray could also become the first player in Shelby County history to win three Mr. Football awards, a goal he set for himself immediately following accepting the award last year. 

Locastro knows with success comes the pressure to maintain that success, and feels this year's team has all the pieces to make it happen. 

"Every year is different in terms of finding your teams identity. What do we do best? What do we need to work on to improve? Can we find players in certain positions to replace graduated seniors? Some of these questions are answered during the preseason but most are answered the first couple of games of the regular season. The coaching staff feels good about who we are and what we have been able to accomplish in the preseason. Now its time to learn more about ourselves. If we can stay healthy I like our chances of making another run at Cookeville," Locastro said. 

That journey back to Cookeville begins Friday night at 7:00 as the Rosa Fort Lions visit Lausanne to kick off the 2018 season. 

A chance to continue to #WitnessLynxHistory.