Thursday Aug. 6, 2009
Aiken, SC--In the grand scheme of things, not a ton went right for south Aiken a year ago, thus the 3 and 9 record. But things could be changing and for the better for the Thoroughbreds.
While the defense may have given up those big plays, for the most part, they did a good job for South Aiken. One huge problem was on the offensive side of the ball. You see, they just didn't hold on to it that long. Whether it be several three and out series or even turnovers, South Aiken only averaged about two minutes per possession. That has to change for them to be competitive on a nightly basis.
"We need to execute all our plays" said senior Deion Williams "Last year we didn't execute well so if we don't execute, we go quick downs and the defense is on the field the whole game."
"You know when talking about running the football it all starts tackle to tackle" said coach Robert Wrightenberry "If you have people who will get physical and knock people off the football, then you'll have a chance against anybody. If you can't block people, I don't care if you're four wide or in the wishbone, it's not going to matter, you're not going to move the football."
James Gore is one running back who returns while Tanner Hawley returns at quarterback as they hope to do just that, pound the ball. One other concern, having leadership step forward and take charge of things on and off the field.
"We've got some kids that'll do that but again, I think so many times a leader isn't someone who does this right here. A leader is someone over here who doesn't open his mouth, who shows by example and he can make things happen." added Wrightenberry
South Aiken did build a little momentum at the end of the year with a huge upset in the first round of the playoffs. But as coach Wrightenberry says, winning breeds winning, losing breeds losing, we'll have to wait and see how it all plays out.