The Trojans opted to be ineligible for postseason play in 2018, and they finished last season with a 3-7 record, defeating Monroe County, Ballard Memorial and Edmonson County.
In 2019, Barren County will be competing in the 6A division.
“We’re not ready yet, but just excited to get going,” Trojan coach Jackson Arnett said, adding that they have “a bunch of seniors” and “a bunch of experienced guys.”
“We’re just ready to play,” he said.
The Barren County coach said all of the seniors are the leaders of the team.
“Most of them are returning starters,” he said. “Seniors are going to have to lead if we want to be very good.”
After losing signal caller Zach Johnson to graduation, sophomore Jameson Buie is set to take the role as the starting quarterback for the Trojans.
“He’s learning,” Arnett said of Buie. “He’s young. He’s very talented, but he’s young and learning. So we have a ways to go with him, but he’s ahead of most sophomores I would think.”
Buie does have limited experience at quarterback as he threw two passes for two completions totaling 13 yards as a freshman.
The Trojans will return senior running back Tyler Bush, who rushed for 386 yards on 71 attempts with two touchdowns.
Barren County also returns offensive weapons in juniors Gavin Withrow and Jamarcus Miley.
Last season, Withrow rushed for 251 yards on 64 attempts with one touchdown and caught 13 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown.
Miley led the Trojan receivers with 369 yards on 20 receptions with four touchdowns while rushing for 95 yards on 13 attempts.
On defense, now senior linebacker Easton Frazier led the team with 87 solo tackles while adding a forced fumble. Bush caught three interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown.
“We still have a ways to go before we’re ready to compete in 6A ball,” Arnett said. “But that doesn’t mean we won’t. I just have to see more from us in practice. We just have to keep getting better, that’s the main thing.”
The Trojan coach said this will be the first “normal year” since he’s been at the helm of the program.
“First year we’ve had no stadium,” he said. “Last year we had mostly home games and we didn’t get into the facilities until right before the season started. So this is the first normal year we’ve had where facilities are functioning and everything is rolling the way it’s supposed to be.”
Arnett said he hopes having that stability during the offseason will translate to more consistency on the field.
The Trojans will open their season on the road against Class 2A Metcalfe County.