The confidence level in the offseason for the Apalachee High School football team has been higher than most would expect leading into the 2016 season.
After all, the Wildcats were 0-10 last fall and the program has struggled for success in recent campaigns. Judging from the attitudes of players and coaches, however, the tide may be set to turn back in favor of the AHS program.
The first test begins Friday as the Wildcats host River Ridge High School for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at R. Harold Harrison Stadium.
“It’s time to play a real one,” said second-year coach Steve Sims. “We played OK in our scrimmage and are excited to open the season at home. We are set to go out and see how we do.”
After finishing 1-9 in 2015, the River Ridge Knights have already matched that win total after the first game of 2016. Coach Tyler Wynn’s team defeated Woodland, Cartersville, 36-8 last week.
“They are a spread team and like to run the football using a lot of motion and counters,” Sims said. “Between their quarterback and tailback, we will have our hands full stopping the run.”
The AHS coach noted River Ridge was leading 36-8 at one point only allowing a score once the team’s reserves were in the game.
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