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Countdown to Kickoff: McNairy Central Bobcats

By Adam Wells
By awells@wbbtv.com

SELMER, Tenn. - Charlie Dampeer is the newest face to walk the sidelines in District 14-AA. He takes over a McNairy Bobcat team that has only won five games in the last two years. Turning around a program is nothing new to him.

"It's the only one I've been in," Dampeer said about his team. "I end up in these situations somehow and had a lot of success turning programs around in a hurry."

In order to do that he will have to do so with only one returning starter on the defensive side of the ball.

"Probably the youngest team I've had in a long time," Dampeer said. "I don't like to hear that much but its the facts now."

Even though Dampeer is new to McNairy County, he is still learning the ins and outs of the program. His expectations are the same as every other coach.

"Every coach will tell you that you adjust to personnel," Dampeer said. "Don't know where we are yet but well find that out shortly. We'll throw things out and add them. We'll figure it out as we go."

Adjusting to the new program has been made easier with the returning staff from last year.

"That's definitely helped, Dampeer said. " They know the players and what they do well. That's helped no doubt."

In the end, they know that in order to win now they need to believe in themselves.

"There has to be a belief that we can win ball games," Dampeer said. "Because we can't without it."