Day by day we are getting closer. With the dawning of each new morning, the echoes for a new gridiron campaign can be heard more vividly.
Yes, the new high school football season is just around the corner. For players and coaches at Banks County High School, that means the tempo of preparation will only continue to increase as the days draw shorter to the first game against Washington-Wilkes on Aug. 29.
So much has been going on for the Leopards this season it takes a notebook with blank pages to keep track. Members of the team have ventured to lineman competitions and to various other camps. There are the numerous weight lifting sessions and conditioning drills.
What makes all of this so impressive? It’s the fact that all of the work turned in by the players is voluntary. Members of the BCHS program know, however, that this level of work and dedication is a must if success is going to happen on the football field.
If you don’t think players at Washington-Wilkes aren’t working hard this summer then you are mistaken. The Leopard players know their opponents are working hard and that’s why they have decided they are going to outwork them, outprepare them and be as ready as possible when they meet on the field.
This is an exciting time to be a part of the BCHS football community. The players are excited. The coaches are excited. The booster club members and fans are excited. So much work has been going on since the end of the 2007 season that even the most casual of fan has had to take notice.
It’s almost as if a new attitude has emerged from within the program. Several of the football players and coaches returned from camps this past week. Head coach Blair Armstrong was trying to catch his breath Sunday night as he talked about the overall air of excitement which is surrounding his program.
“We are excited about what the whole county is doing when it comes to our football program,” the second-year Leopard mentor said. “Everyone from the recreation department to the high school to the middle school is doing everything they can to make our varsity program successful. That is what it takes to build a winner.”
Several of the returning BCHS football players have shown they have what it takes be leaders this summer during offseason workouts.
Armstrong knows these players have the potential to carry over that level of leadership into preseason practice and into the season.
The official countdown to the first game of the 2008 season is now down to just over a month. The Leopard players and coaches will accomplish a great deal in that amount of time. One thing I know for sure, opponents on the BCHS schedule for 2008 had better be doing the same.
Chris Bridges is sports editor of The Banks County News. Contact him at 706-367-2745 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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