The Lausanne Lynx kick off their 2019 season in a place they have not been in a while: under the radar.
After two state championships and four playoff appearances, the Lynx come into this season without three-time Mr. Football winner Eric Gray in the backfield. In his place is Craig Cunningham '22. After playing a backup role in games as a freshman, he will be the primary ball carrier for Lausanne this season.
"We love his skill set and we think he has the opportunity to be a really special high school football player," Locastro said.
The Lynx also have a new student-athlete under center, Kyle Lowe '22. Equally effective at both running and passing the ball, Lowe brings something to the position that Locastro says makes the whole team better.
Locastro also likes the chip the young Lynx have on their shoulders.
"We expect to go out and compete. We expect to win. We worked our tails off here for six years to get to where we are at," Locastro said. "We certainly don't expect to go backward."
"We're going to be more dangerous this year," Lowe said. "People's expectations are low, which puts us in a position to show them we didn't fall off after losing the players we did."
Jonas Hart '20 and Nick Floyd '20 anchor the secondary while Deris Jackson '20 acts at the run-plugger in the middle of the defensive line. Despite losing players to graduation, The Daily Memphian's John Varlas says Lausanne's program has reached a point that significant personnel losses aren't catastrophic.
"Just because a big senior class leaves doesn't mean we lose our expectations," offensive lineman Caleb McCall '20 said. "We are still going after that gold ball."
The Lynx kick off the season Friday night in Mayfield, Kentucky before opening their season at home on September 6 against First Assembly Christian School (FACS).