Friday July 10, 2009
AUGUSTA, GA--Hard to believe but we're now less then a month away from the official start of football practice. Some teams are sneaking in camp work already. Among them, a new kid on the block, Westminster.
When you think Westminster sports, basketball, and soccer come to mind. This fall, they'll be adding the pigskin to the mix.
"I was just so excited" said Patrick Moseley. "I never played football before and always wanted to play. It's just something new to me and I can't wait."
"I was excited and couldn't wait to start it." added Trey Newton
The move to add football has a lot to do with soccer being moved to a spring sport for the independent schools. It left a big void to fill in the fall.
"We feel with soccer moving to the spring, it will give us that many more athletes." said assistant coach Jeff Terrell "Hopefully make it a big fall sport for us."
This year and next year, Westminster will field a middle school and junior varsity team. This will give them a solid foundation when it comes to playing varsity with the big boys.
"One of the challenges as a coach is having two teams kind of practicing at the same time and not having all the facilities we'd like. But those challenges will make us more of a tight unit I think." added coach Terrell
Fundamentals will be another challenge. Getting bigger size wise, yea, that too.
"I think we have a lot of athletes, but just not big athletes" added Newton
"I think in the next couple of years we can be good. We're an athletic school, we have a bunch of fast people, weight training is going well and get some people bigger" added Moseley
It's going to take a lot of work to say the least. As far as wins and losses goes, Trey Newton may put it the best.
"Win half our games, and not get killed." said Newton
Westminster won't be the only school adding football this year. Augusta Prep, likewise will play a junior varsity schedule while Grovetown jumps right into the varsity fray. More on them in the upcoming weeks.