The summer heat has not allowed much thought of fall, but there’s no denying high school football is just around the corner.
As with most years, the lead up to the new season displays several interesting story lines locally with our three high school football programs. For Winder-Barrow High School, Apalachee High School and Bethlehem Christian Academy, the 2015 season will be worth documenting, although for different reasons.
For AHS, a new head coach will patrol the sidelines for the first time in more than a decade. Steve Sims, after a lengthy and successful tenure at Norcross High School, is getting his first opportunity at directing an entire program. The transition has been what all first-time head coaches go through, but in Sims’ case, the new Wildcat mentor has been in the sport for so long, the transition might not be quite as bumpy a ride.
There’s work to be done with the AHS program. An overall lack of talent depth has hurt the team in recent years. It’s not that the players haven’t worked hard and it’s not that the previous coaching staff suddenly forgot how to coach. High school football, as much as any sport, runs in cycles and the Wildcat program has simply been in a span where the overall talent base has not been as deep in recent seasons.
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