Hamilton quarterback Mitch Stults has led the Aggies to a 9-0 record and is 150 yards away from breaking the state’s all-purpose yardage record
1. Have you known throughout the season how close you were to the record?
We knew I had to be getting close at the first of the year because of stats I attained my previous years. We checked it out and found out how much I was away from it. After each game, I know how many yards I’m away. But that’s not really my main focus. I think about it when they tell me about it, but when I get into practice and game that’s nowhere on my mind.
2. How big of an accomplishment is it to be the state record holder in all-purpose yards?
It’s going to be something that not only me, but our whole team as a group can look back on. If we continue to win this season, us as a senior group, think it’ll be something we can look back on in the future and say we had a great time playing high school football. That’ll be a great accomplishment on being the leader in all-purpose yards seeing how many people played in Alabama.
3. You’ve started since your ninth grade year. How have you matured as a quarterback since then?
This year I decided I was going to be the best quarterback possible and lead my team at the quarterback position. Since my ninth grade year, think my quarterback skills have gotten better. In ninth grade I was a run around throw it up and get lucky guy. Now I go through my progressions, make my reads and put it where it needs to be.
4. What’s more important, the record or a state championship this year?
Definitely a state championship. To be honest with you I haven’t been thinking about the record a lot. I’ll choose an undefeated season (tonight) over breaking that record (tonight).
5. What’s the difference in this year’s team and last year’s team that struggled down the stretch?
This year’s team has worked on our communication skills, we’re very vocal on the field with each other. We all get along. It’s a good group of guys. We all have the desire to win no matter what it takes. We’ve worked harder than ever in the offseason in the weight room. We set our minds on getting to the state championship. In the past when we haven’t made it, we got caught up looking ahead into the playoffs. This year we’ve taken it one game at a time. What we stressed on each other. Don’t look ahead to anybody.