AUGUSTA---Westside Senior tight end and defensive end Zach Gaddy says it best. "I feel like if I don't play a good game, then I've disappointed Coach Barnes. Just seeing him out there makes we want to go out there and play a good game."
Inspiration will not be an issue for the Westside Patriots as they continue to support coach Gerald Barnes and his family while his wife recovers from a stroke suffered in 2005. The Patriots want to help ease the struggles of the Barnes family the only way they know how. By winng.
They did a great job of that last season with a 7 win campaign and only 3 losses, all by a combined 21 points, including one in overtime. Now, the team has a good nucleus of returning starters and has installed highly touted wide receiver and defensive back recruit, Sanders Cumming, at quarterback.
The difference last season between a state title contender and disappointment was razor thin and the Patriots plan to take care of it early.
Sanders Cumming says, "We have to build endurance for one thing. We didn't have as much depth last year and have to be very in-shape."
"We didn't have a lot of depth at the line," adds Gaddy. "I think it came at the end of games last year. It started messing us up a lot. People started cramping up. I just think our endurance is gonna be built up more this year."
The Patriots will find out in the heat of game one when they face Greenbrier on the road.