Football Experiences Growing Pains Heading Into Season

Delaney White, Staff Reporter

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With the loss of 21 seniors, the football team is working to rebuild into a “new phase of the program,” according to coach Brandon Isaiah.

The Patriots are currently 0-4 and are struggling offensively after quarterback J’Quan Anderson’s graduation. Senior quarterback De’Quadre Taylor is in the position to fill those shoes.

“Executing every play on offense is one of the main things that runs through my head,” Taylor said. Taylor’s motivation not only comes from the desire to win every football game, but from a more personal reason.

Taylor spoke about how the passing of his grandmother has inspired him to keep playing the sport. “I pray before every game because I play for her,” Taylor said.

Taylor has high hopes for the team and goes into every game with a fresh start.

“We are going into every game trying to go 1-0 every week. Taylors said when touching on his goals.

The young defensive line, has let through at least 40 points per game. With a loss of many seniors starters, the Patriots now have several starters in the 9th and 10th grade.

The Patriots need to stay together as a team and work hard in practice each day to get better. However, winning is the only objective for Isaiah.

“We are here to help these kids learn, not only to be great football players, but to be great men.”

Junior Aquon Sims gets in position on the line during a home game against Louisa County.

Junior quarterback Aquon Sims gets ready for the ball while junior running back Kennan Brock stands by his side.

Senior defensive back Marquan Jones gets in position in time for the play.

Senior quarterback De’Quadre Taylor communicates with his coach before calling a play to his fellow teammates.

Senior wide receiver Myles Ward waits for the play to begin slightly behind the line of scrimmage.