Thursday August 7, 2008
Martinez-Ga--While there's plenty of area teams that have been successfull over the years, to do it year after year is not the norm for most. At Pride Valley, home of Augusta Christian, it's become just that as the pieces of the puzzle do fit together.
With all the victories come the expectations of succeeding at a high level. For the Lions to do that this year, some younger kids will have to step up and fill the void left by some key senior losses. Guys like Williams Banks and Jonathan Gibbs are two guys who know what it takes
"I think the key will be work as a team and everything and make sure we don't use any "I's" or anything because we're all one team" said Jonathan Gibbs
"You have to be the leader of the team" said senior William Banks "You have to make all the right decisions, you have to show everybody how to respond to different situations."
Like any coach, Bruce Lane knows with some inexperience on offense, it's the defense and kicking games that'll have to play strong out of the gate. One thing you'll find is the commitment from the players. In the off season, 51 of 52 kids made every workout.
"Championships are won in the off season" said head coach Bruce Lane "Our kids have committed themselves at a much greater level this summer then ever before. We've always had excellent commitment."
As usual, Augusta Christian has loaded up on some tough non region games early. They'll be a good litmus test and prepare them for region play.