Friday, August 15, 2008.
The saying goes defense wins championships and in most cases, that's right. But for the Westside Patriots this year, it may be the offense that brings home the wins.
That's because the Patriots bring back a lot of key skill players, including quarterback Josh edmunds and a solid wide receiving core, and Edmunda has experience too. After star Sanders Cummings went down last year, Edmunds stepped right in and played well. Now, the senior QB is hoping to build on last year's strong debut.
"I'm hoping to throw it out there a little more and if I can show them I can get it out there, they're going to let us throw it out there a little bit more than they have in the past," said Edmunds.
There's a change at the top as well as Gerald Barnes gives way to new head coach Ivory Hugee. Hugee is a defensive-minded coach which bodes well for a team that hopes to improve in that area. And without one real star to count on this year, the mantra this season is to play as one unit.
"It's a team thing. We don't have any great players but we have a lot of good players," says Hugee. "So we have to lean on our team this year. All of us in this together. That's where our focus is."
The Patriots move from AA to AAAA this season and begin the year at home against ARC. After that, they hit teh road for 5 straight games.