For South Aiken this year, it's all about getting over that proverbial hump. the team has been around the .500 mark the past few seasons and hope this year, they can be a force to be reckoned with every game.
Last year was a frustrating one for the Thoroughbreds. The team lost five games by 8 points or less including one point losses to Lexington and North Augusta. This year's team is a bit inexperienced but the Thoroughbreds aren't looking at that as a weakness right now.
"We try to get better out here at practice every day and get these young kids going," says head coach Robert Writenberry. "If they understand what they're doing, then we've got a chance. That's the biggest thing. If the kids are willing to learn and willing to give effort, then we're going to be alright."
There is plenty of returning talent to go around for South Aiken, including tailback Denzel Washington and lineman Jerquari Schofield, who has committed to play college football at Tennessee. Getting more physical is a goal for this team as well as also finding more leaders to take charge, no matter what grade they may be in.
"Leaders don't have to be seniors," says Writenberry. "Leaders can be anybody. It's those who want to do what they're supposed to do all the time, no matter what."
And it will be a fun start for the Thoroughbreds. this year. They kickoff the season traveling to rival Aiken, who they beat last year convincingly 42 -17.