Central High School Coach Major Wright puts his team through the paces in pursuit of a successful season. Photo: Terry Davis)

The Central High School Warriors football team plays in one of the toughest divisions in Memphis.

In a rough-and-tumble Class 6A Region 8, they take on powerhouses like Whitehaven, Germantown and White Station.  Last season, the Warriors upset Cordova 41-40 in the first round of the state playoffs but were blown out in a 35-0 second round loss to Whitehaven

Longtime coach Lynord Crutchfield is gone, replaced by Major Wright. Wright notably turned around the Raleigh Egypt Pharaohs and hopes to continue his winning ways with Central. The Warriors lost just one came two seasons ago, and will return with one of the best defensive players in the country in Trevis Hopper.

Hopper has committed to play at the University of Memphis. At 6’2”, the 260-lb. Hopper is a three-star prospect who has been causing havoc with offensive lineman his entire career.

“He is coachable,” Wright said. “That kid could have an attitude and thinks that he knows it all, but that is totally the opposite of what you get from him.  He understands that we are trying to get him better.  When he makes a mistake, we correct him, and he just has a great attitude about.  He has a great attitude and is a fun kid.”

While loaded with talent all over the field, Central is still searching for the right quarterback. The Warriors have a talented offensive and defensive line. They will rely on the running game and the defense should be solid. Wright expects his team to compete this season.

“We have to work hard on not getting frustrated and understanding the process,” he said. “Understanding it is going to take time and when it happens it is going to happen.  We have to convince the kids to believe in the process and help it to happen.”

In addition to Hopper, the Warriors will expect big things from Issac Green and Khari Smith on the defensive line. On offense, Dylan Ingram and Alan Thornton will carry the ball a lot. Central will hang their hats on the running game but will pass enough to keep the defense honest.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity,” Wright said. “Central High School is bigger than any of its parts – the history here and the tradition and all the special people that are here now.  I am excited to a small part of what is going on here.”