Monday August 2, 2010
Martinez, Ga--Tradition goes along ways in high school football. So too does experience. When you mix the two together, you usually find a successful program. Take one of those pieces out, namely experience, and a team can struggle some. That's the case for Augusta Christian.
Pride Valley has long been a tough place to play for opponents. But a year ago, the Lion program dropped a tick or two and managed just five wins. A big reason, a defense that struggled to hold teams in check. No question it's a point of concern going forward this year.
"Well for one, stay healthy because last year we had injuries, me with my knee early in the season" said Nick Cerasuolo "Really just listen to what we need to do. Most guys would just go hard but they wouldn't listen to what we were doing."
"It starts up front with the defensive line." added coach Keith Walton "We got a lot bigger, we got a lot stronger and their expectations are a lot higher so we'll start with that."
On offense, this will be year two of the spread with the lions wanting to put the pressure on the defense. Tyler Roberson is a year wiser at quarterback and the expectations change with him being a year wiser.
"We threw a lot, especially our quarterback to the wolves a little bit last year." added Walton "He grew up a lot, had a great summer and our center was the same way, he was a freshman so we look for big things from those guys as they continue to mature."
Right now the Liions are just focused on getting better every day. If they do that, wins will follow and they may contend for a region title.