Chiefs hope to turn 2011 finish into 2012 success

By: Jake Young Email
By: Jake Young Email
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

McCormick, SC -- Every year a group of teams coming off less than stellar seasons talks about how a change in attitude is going to change everything the following year.

Most times, that doesn't really work out, but at McCormick this year, it might just be true.

Head Coach Brian Neal was thrown into the fray just a couple weeks before camp last year, making it nearly impossible for his team to catch on to his system early on.

Then, the Chiefs caught on, winning three of their last four games, including a playoff game.

Needless to say, confidence is high in year two.

Senior Defensive End Justin Harper said, "We're way more confident. We haven't won a playoff game in a long time. It just feels really good to do that, and it gives you a lot more confidence in the regular season that you'll win games knowing that you won a playoff game."

"They're starting to talk about state championship rings," Coach Neal added. "And like Coach Doolittle, who I used to coach under at Ninety Six, used to say, 'If you don't talk about it, it's never going to happen.' So, we try to talk about it all the time and have those expectations."

The Chiefs open the season August 24th at Fox Creek.

Then, they play host to cross river rival Lincoln County the week after.

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