August 16, 2004
Undated-- After leading Sherwood Christian Academy to a school record five wins in 2003, head coach Jimmy Fields is ready for the Eagles to take the next step. "It's probably going to be a lot more difficult. So, I think number one (the next step is) being honest with the kids, showing them what the challenge is before us," Fields said.
That challenge, according to Fields is developing a more consistent football team. "One year is fine, one good year, we're proud of that but that's just one year," Fields added.
Building that consistency should be easier with the amount of starters the Eagles have returning this year. Sophomore quarterback Jason Townsend will lead an offense that will also rely on the running of fullback Jimmy McBride and athleticism of receiver Josh Brazier.
"We need to play. It's just like in the classroom, we need to take a test," Fields said. "We're looking forward to region play, we're going to contend for a region title and hopefully when November comes we'll be peaking and win state," senior Josh Brazier said.
In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year last season, the Deerfield Windsor Knights marched all the way to the state semifinals. And while the success may have come as a surprise, this season it's expected. "This year a lot of guys are returning and the expectations are high and we hope to go out and have another good year," head coach Allen Lowe said.
Living up to those expectations will rest on a talented offense led by quarterback Grant Walker and running back Jonathan Siskey. "Mix them in with some other guys we have skill wise and we could be an exciting offense to watch," Lowe added.
With seven starters returning on both sides of the ball there is no reason the Knights can't have just as good if not better year than 2003, but coach Lowe knows his team will face the very best week in and week out.
"That's the one problem when you win everyone is going to give you their best shot, so we're going to have to be ready to take it."
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