Thursday, October 10, 2013
The dream of back-to-back undefeated seasons may be gone, but for the North Augusta Middle School football team, other goals are still within reach.
The Jackets had been on an 11 game winning streak before being defeated by Kennedy Middle at home, 22-16. Though no team ever wants to lose, head coach Justin Medlock was able to find some positives from the game and felt as though he learned a lot about his team.
“One thing that I told them was that I was proud of them for finishing the game,” he said. “It would have been easy for them to, especially the last couple of minutes, to give up and not to keep fighting. They stayed in there until the end of the game and that’s something you can’t coach. You can’t coach heart and that’s one of the big things we’ve talked about this season.”
Medlock said he “doesn’t like to lose,” but that in a way the loss was “humbling.”
“We did have a great practice coming off the loss,” he said. “But we have put it to them in a way that everyone has one loss in the county. I explained to them that we have to practice great to play great.”
Coming up the team will take on Silver Bluff on Wednesday evening at North Augusta High School. The team will wrap up its season on Oct. 16 in a rematch with Paul Knox – a game that could, if both teams take care of business, have championship implications.
“That would be good for the community and for the kids going into high school as one team,” Medlock said. “It would be great for them to play for something like that.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.