AUGUSTA, Ga.---The Richmond Academy football team is under new management. Something the players heard last year but this time, it's a coach they know and trust.
ARC's shakeup at the top in 2006 did not produce results so assistant coach, Chris Hughes was given the reins for this season. Hughes takes over a program that hasn't had a winning season since 1998.
The Musketeers may have hit rock bottom last year when early season struggles resulted in massive defections and a 1-9 season.
Senior quarterback Brady Hughes says, "There was a lot of turmoil last year, a lot of drama. We had a lot of seniors who quit, a lot of underclassmen who quit too. It was just bad morale after the second half of the season."
Now though, Hughes is in charge and he brings a winning record. He was on staff at Silver Bluff for a football state title in South Carolina and then there's soccer where Hughes, as head coach at ARC, has won 2 state championships. What he brings from those successes is a more team-oriented approach. Forcing the players to trust and rely on one another. Unfortunately, doing things the right way isn't always a quick fix.
"We want to be competitive," says Coach Hughes. "Last year we just wasn't competitive. If we get these guys competitive and maybe get a couple of breaks early, we feel like we can turn that into some wins."
The Musketeers gave up an average of 37 points last season but Hughes says the real problem was the offense. The Muskies couldn't sustain any drives and give the defense a rest.
They start their season on the road at Effingham County on August 31st.