Xavier Kately describes his senior year as the season of redemption. The tigers finishing 5-6 overall leaves a sour taste in Kately's mouth.
"This year, we are going to better because last year we had a lot of hype of a lot of people returning, but we didn't do what we were supposed to do," said Kately.
Kately's stats are still impressive as he was named first-team all-district and all-state honorable mention. Adding to his accomplishments, the defensive back also brought in 8 interceptions.
"I'm trying to get over ten this year. Last year I first started catching picks week four against Northside. I got four, but they took one back," he said.
Coach Vincent Derouen says Kately has been a starter since his sophomore year, and there's no doubt the defensive leader will set the bar even higher this season.
"Last year, he had a great year at free safety, but this year I think he'll be that much more improved, and I think the offense will start running that much more," said head coach Vincent Derouen.
The quiet leaders' stats are also catching some buzz in the college world, leaving Kately with his first official offer from Texas Southern.
"I wasn't expecting it because I was supposed to go to camps and all that, but it felt good that a school saw my talents. It felt good, and my parents were proud of me," said Kately.
No matter what school he decides, the tigers' veteran defensive star is ready to lead his team through a winning season.
"The young ones are going to step up this year and play hard, and I think our defense will be better than last year for sure," said Kately.