August 12, 2006
Pelham -- The last three seasons have not been kind to the Pelham football team.
After going 8-4 and advancing to the second round of the state playoffs in 2002, the Hornets have averaged less than two wins a year the past three seasons, but are convinced this year will be "Not the Same."
The Pelham football team has adopted a new mantra for the 2006 season.
"'Not The same'," says head coach Philip Richards. "You want to win them all, obviously. Our goal right now is to make the playoffs, turn the corner on this thing, make a difference in our attitude and our character, and we feel like winning will take care of itself."
Senior slotback Jay Jones says, "We have pretty good expectations. We've got great coaches and great teammates. An all-around good team."
Coach Richards says the strength of the team will be on the offensive side of the ball, despite having a senior taking his first snaps at quarterback.
"We're going to be pretty decent at quarterback and tailback this year," says Richards. "We'll have some offensive-minded folks that can move the ball."
Quarterback Donnell Williams adds, "It feels great. I never played quarterback before, this is my first year. It's a great opportunity to play, get some passing yards, and be the captain of the team."
Williams says the most difficult part of the job is keeping everybody happy.
"The talkings that I get. People want their routes. It's a whole lot of trouble sometimes, but I'm managing it."
Richards says the Hornets have been working hard.
"We ask them to run everywhere they go, and we really try to push our pace in the weight room."
The senior class has yet to beat their biggest rival Mitchell-Baker, and Jones is hoping this is the year.
"The past few years we've been losing to Mitchell-Baker, so hopefully this year we'll get 'em."
Pelham hosts rival Mitchell-Baker the first week of the season at 7:30 pm.