BY DARREN REESE
SUN SPORTS EDITOR
New eras will begin Friday night when North Greene hosts Chuckey-Doak to kick off the 2013 football season.
Actually, a new era will begin for the Huskies, while on the Chuckey-Doak sideline, a familiar one will resume.
Scotty Verran will coach his first game as North Greene head coach after replacing Josh Edens at the helm. Ben Murphy returns to the Black Knights after stepping down following a nine-year run prior to the 2012 season.
As the two coaches wrapped up their final practices of game-week preparations Thursday night, they both stressed how important it was for their respective teams to get off to good starts.
"If you look at our schedule, it's imperative that we start well these first couple of weeks," Murphy said. "Our kids are focused. They are ready to hit somebody."
"We've had a spirited week of practice. As a coach, you always want that one more day of practice, or a little more time to work on things. You are never fully satisfied. But at some point, you have to go out and play. We're excited to turn on the lights and play some football."
Verran took over the North Greene program back in June.
The Huskies are coming off a 5-5 season in which they just missed the Class 2A playoffs.
Verran was the defensive coordinator at David Crockett last season, and before that, spent most of his coaching career at his alma mater, Happy Valley. He was head coach there from 2007-09.
"The kids are excited," Verran said Thursday night. "North Greene hasn't won a county game in about seven or eight years, so we would like nothing more than to start our season by ending that."
"We are the only game in the county this Friday, so we expect a big crowd. I think we are ready to go."
Chuckey-Doak won last year's meeting between the two schools, 55-25.
The Black Knights did so without completing a single pass. All-State running back Bryce Malone rushed for over 200 yards and scored four touchdowns.
It was the one game that Brent Knight started at quarterback in 2012, taking over when Kris Hinkle was out with a concussion.
Knight will begin this season under center, while Hinkle has moved to the receiver position.
Malone has graduated, and players such as Tyler Coe, Dillon Brown and Nick Sandstrom will look to replace the 2,106 yards and 26 touchdowns Malone totaled in 2012.
North Greene also has a fresh face at quarterback, but one that has plenty of football experience.
Junior Zane Britton has made the move after being one of the team's top receivers last season.
"He's been making some good decisions this week for us in practice," Verran said. "He is throwing the ball well. We run the option, but we're not just a running team. We have some good receivers and Zane has been throwing the ball well."