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Patriots ready to bounce back in 2006

August 11, 2006

Albany - One team that is looking forward to the 2006 high school football season is Westover.

The Patriots looking to bounce back after taking a step back last year.

2005 was a breakdown for the Westover High Patriots who won just three games and failed to make a third consecutive state playoff appearance.

Head coahc Jeff Caldwell said "It is time to get to it again. Hopefully get that bad taste out of our mouth and start fresh. And hopefully our kids have put forth the effort to make that happen again."

One reason to believe that the Patriots will return to their winning ways is on both lines of scrimmage.

Westover returns starters Reshad Cooper, Bradley Magby and Josh Sampson on the offensive line and end Chavous King and Xavier Ponder will anchor the defensive front.

Caldwell said "If we get everybord and keep them healthy, you know five knee surgeries doesn't help matters. But if we keep them healthy, we think that will be our strength."

Caldwell says juniors Brandon Lee and Keiron Johnson and freshman Reshad Jackson are in the battle to start at quarterback and there are four backs in the mix to start at tailback.

Caldwell said "The good thing about it is we have got some depth or we have got some competition. When you get that generally speaking you should improve day to day or you are going to be sitting on the bench."

The Patriots will have a new quarterback and tailback but receivers Antonio Freeman and DeMarius Harris are returning.

Westover opens the season on September first at Hugh Mills Stadium against Lee County.

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