Andrew Young isn’t going to avoid the truth.
He knows it’s time to start winning.
The Glenn Hills football coach begins his third season Sept. 7 after he went a combined 3-17 the past two years. The 2011 team was slowed by early injuries that deflated hopes.
“The first two seasons didn’t go as I expected. I never would have thought we would end up like we did,” Young said. “Hopefully this year will be much better.”
Though the Spartans have only five seniors this fall, they do have sophomores and juniors with experience – including quarterback Santo Nina, who got the starting job after his predecessor went down with an injury. Nina, a junior, will have more passing plays to work with this year.
But life will be a little less complicated on the offensive line. Young said the offense has been simplified — there will be fewer blocking schemes.
On defense, Glenn Hills has to overcome the losses of veteran linebackers.
Defensive back McArthur Dawson, a senior, still expects improvement because the Spartans had a weight room to use after a fire a year ago damaged their weight room.
“Last year we got pushed around and everything,” Dawson said. “This year, we got stronger and we’re more disciplined and faster.”
The Spartans’ optimism remains, even with Glenn Hills moving to Class AAAA because of reclassification. Glenn Hills is in a subregion with Burke County, Butler, Cross Creek, Hephzibah and Richmond Academy.
Young thinks the playoffs are a real possibility for his team. He’s targeting a state playoff appearance, which would be Glenn Hills’ first since 2008.
“My goal this year is to get into the playoffs. Then next year, we’ll see how far we can go,” Young said. “I believe we have a real good chance.”