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Patriots have high expectations

August 1, 2005

Albany - It is time to start our yearly preview of high school football teams and we begin with the Westover Patriots.

Who after going two decades without a trip to the postseason are shooting for a third straight trips to the playoffs under head coach Jeff Caldwell.

When Jeff Caldwell took over the Westover High program three years ago, the Patriots were hoping to make the playoffs. Now, it is expected.

Jeff Caldwell said "Now then I am hoping they feel it is an expectation. Anything short of not getting into the playoffs would be disappointing year. Anything short of not maybe knocking it up a notch from last year would be disappointing."

And the Patriots playoff chances look pretty good with three starting offensive linemen returning and running back Tony Reid who is wanting to leader on the field and off.

Tony Reid said "Senior leadership is working hard in practice everyday and showing the younger group that you are willing to any and everything you can for the team and for them."

Another offensive weapon will be quarterback Jermale Benton who should be better in his second season on under center.

Jeff Caldwell said "Right now as compared to this year last time when everything was just a blur to him we think, again, we think he'll pick it up from where he left off last year."

The Patriots should be solid along the defensive front but there are holes to fill at linebacker and in the secondary where Tony Reid and Jermale Benton have to pull double duty.

Coach Caldwell says if the pieces to the puzzle fit then it should be another banner year for the Patriots.

Westover opens the season August 20th against Albany High.

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