The DeKalb Saints Football Team will open the season at home Thursday night against Avery Trace under the leadership of a new head coach.
Justin Poteete was recently named to the position after former head coach Tad Webb was promoted to Assistant Principal at DeKalb Middle School.
Poteete is a math and science teacher at DeKalb Middle School. He graduated from DCHS in 2009 and furthered his education at MTSU where he earned a degree in elementary education.
Poteete is no stranger to the program having served the last seven years as an assistant to Coach Webb.
“I am excited. I am really and truly blessed. I feel like this is where God wants me to be. I’m just trying to go out each day with these kids and give them some life lessons along the way and compete in this football league,” Coach Poteete told WJLE.
“I am trying to do big things here. We have a good solid team this year, especially on the defensive side. Offensively we’re going to line up and run it right up the middle so we’re looking to go downhill and be a physical football team,” he said.
Coach Poteete will have Jacob Hale and Chris Chapman helping him coach. “Jacob Hale will be handling the offense and defensive line and Chris Chapman will work with the secondary and running backs,” Poteete said.
The Saints will play six regular season games with an eye toward competing in the cross conference tournament later in the year.
Thursday night’s game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the high school field.