The 2013 football season was tough, without question, for everyone involved with the Apalachee High School program.
It was tough for the coaches. It was tough for the fans. And, of course, it was tough for the players. Seasons which end 0-10 always have a way of being tough. However, if the season last fall has done anything it has fueled the desire for all involved to get back to past success. It wasn’t that long in the past that the Wildcats were capping a 10-0 season and a postseason march that ended in the third round.
To some, that may seem light years ago now, but, in reality, it wasn’t that long. Now competing in Region 8-AAAAA, AHS will have a tough task against some opponents in 2014. There’s no denying that. However, this offseason I have tried to observe closely the work ethic by the players. And make no mistake about it, the players are working just as if they were coming off a playoff campaign. There are no excuses being made. There is no finger pointing. It’s a sign, maybe more than anything else, that 2014 could be better than some expect.
In a preseason poll conducted by this newspaper, AHS has been picked to finish last in the region. That is not a surprise because most voters in the polls of this nature tend to base preseason prognostications on what happened the previous season. (It should be noted that the Wildcats were NOT picked to finish last on each ballot.)
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