Members of the Emerald football team set up to run a play Friday morning during team practice.
 (Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
Members of the Emerald football team set up to run a play Friday morning during team practice. (Maddy Jones | Index-Journal)
Tim McMahon is entering his sixth season as Emerald High School’s football coach.
But after three strong seasons in a row, including last year’s 6-5 record, McMahon thought 2013 had the potential to do even greater things.
And that proverbial chip on the shoulder is what he’s trying to place on this year’s team that began preseason practice Friday.
“(McMahon) told us we’re ranked 31st in Class AAA, and he feels like the others are sleeping on us a little bit,” All-Lakelands defensive back Justin Watson said. “We’ve got something to prove, so we’ve got to come out and get better.”


The Vikings have their share of potential at certain skill positions. Isaiah Brown returns at quarterback after showing glimpses of promise in 2013.
“Isaiah has thrown the ball pretty well for us,” McMahon said. “I think his decision-making has gotten better, and he has become better about not making poor judgments. He does a better job of taking what the defense gives to him instead of trying to throw the ball into areas he shouldn’t.”

MORE IN TODAY'S INDEX-JOURNAL