Thursday, December 5, 2013
The North Augusta High School senior class are the Star players of the week.
The Jackets, coming off a playoff loss to Northwestern, will be without the 26 players as they move into the 2014-15 season.
“This is a good group of kids,” Dan Pippin, North Augusta’s head coach, said. “They’ve done good things, in football and outside of it. They’ve been a part of donating $4,000 to the American Cancer Society. We’ve given book bags at elementary schools, we’ve started the Athlete Mentoring Program that we do. We send our guys every day, they take their personal time to do this. We start school at 8:30 a.m. and they go mentor at 8 a.m.”
On the field, the group of seniors were a part of a highly successful four-year run.
“This senior class won 45 football games in their four years. That’s a lot, that’s pretty good,” Pippin said. “Kids here take a lot of pride in being a senior at North Augusta. They’ve gone through four years of conditioning and practice and work. They take pride in representing their school and community. There’s an expectation for them to win, now, so they take it seriously.”
Senior Blake Williams called the senior class “the best group.”
“For four years we worked really hard to get to our senior year,” he said. “We worked probably 300 days out of the year for 14 games. From winter to summer we worked. We had a really good year, going 12-2 and making it to the semifinals. We had amazing stats. It’s the best group I’ve ever been around.”
Noah Creech, another senior, said working with the other seniors was easy, because they’ve done it for years.
“These are guys we’ve played with since rec league football,” he said. “Working with them is easy. That’s why we (did) so well.”
Creech and Williams are both going to miss the games and camaraderie of a team.
“I’m going to miss the games, pre game and laughing with my teammates,” Williams said. “I’ll miss the workouts, I’ll miss pretty much everything about it.”
The expectation at North Augusta, of the next man up filling the roles needed, is one Williams expects to continue into next season and beyond.
“They’re going to be good again next year,” he said. “There won’t be any drop-off. They should do better than we did. Every time seniors leave, the next kids step up and keep it going. That’s not going to stop.”