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Football Preview: Fairview remains at full throttle with eyes on state title

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Although Fairview head coach Chris Hughes is proud of the fact that his football team has made a habit of getting deep into the playoffs, he certainly isn’t content.

He’s ready for the Yellow Jackets to go even deeper. 

After guiding the team to the Class 3A quarterfinals last season for the third time in four years, Hughes hopes Fairview can take the next step. And the one after that, too.   

“I feel like we’ve proven that we’re one of the better football teams around, but we’ve got to find a way to get over that quarterfinal hump,” said Hughes, who saw his team fall to Stratford in last year’s quarterfinals to finish the season at 10-3. “I’m not satisfied with making the quarterfinals, and neither are the players.

“Our goal every single year is win the state championship. And if we ever get to the point where that isn’t our goal, then it will be time for all of us to do something else.”

As they head into the 2019 campaign, the Jackets will have to replace two of their top playmakers from a year ago: Kam Lusk-Harris, who was a 3A Mr. Football finalist after his terrific senior season, and quarterback Brock Harris. 

But the Fairview roster is still packed with talent, including a pair of Logans — Nardozzi and Parsons — who produced huge numbers last year.

Nardozzi, a fullback, rushed for more than 1,500 yards while establishing himself as one of the most dangerous playmakers in the region. He is one of six returning starters on offense for the Jackets. 

“(Nardozzi) is a ‘home run’ threat every time he touches the football,” said Hughes. “He’s very elusive and explosive. He absolutely wants the ball on every play, and as a coach, you love that mentality.”

On the other side of the ball, linebacker Logan Parsons will be the centerpiece. Parsons, listed at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, compiled 119 tackles last season. He is one of seven returning starters on defense.  

“We’ve got some new faces this year on both sides, but we’ve also got a really good group of returnees,” Hughes said. “We’ve got a very strong junior class and we’re excited about the season.”

Anakin King is slated to take the reins at quarterback, and Hughes said the 6-3 senior appears primed for a big season. 

“He’s got a very strong arm, and he gives us a vertical passing game that other teams will have to prepare for,” Hughes said. “He’s a smart kid — he has a 4.3 GPA — and he knows the game.”

The Jackets have 81 players on the roster this season and Hughes said optimism is high.

“Our program has reached the point where winning is an expectation,” he said. “And that’s a good thing. We feel like the only team that can beat us is us. If we play smart football, we’ve got a great chance to have a special season.”

This story and photos are included in the 2019 Williamson Herald High School Football Media Guide! Pick up your copy for stories like this, full schedules, predictions and more!

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