August 1, 2002
As the Westover Patriots prepare for the 2002 season, head coach Richard Hodges has a big void to fill.
Most noticeably, the graduation of division one signee's and 300 pound linemen Troy Reddick and Curt Quarterman.
Head coach Richard Hodges said, "Yeah, we've got some guys that are unproven up there, so we're going to find out what we can do now."
But the line isn't the only place the Patriots are unproven, in fact only five offensive starters return off a team that went 3 and 7 a year ago.
Hodges said, "It's important for us just to do the things that we can do. And we've just got to make sure we find those things and the people that we've got that can make plays for us on offense, and stuff like that, that we got to make sure we get them the football."
Coach Hodges also says senior quarterback Justin Huff will need to have a big year in order for the Patriots to succeed, but its their defense that has their work cut out for them.
Hodges said, "One of the areas that we've tried to get better at as far as from year to year, is on defense. And we've still got a long ways to go but hopefully we'll make some steps over there."
Junior defensive back Brandon Morgan said, "We've got a new defensive coordinator too, so it's kind of hard, kind of rough because we got to learn all the new plays but other than that we're going to do alright."
But as the Patriots continue to rebuild on both sides of the ball they also hope to build off of last year, although their record may not have shown it, Hodges was pleased with the Patriots progress.
Hodges said, "Last year we missed the playoffs by one game and we feel like that's something for us to build on here at Westover and we lost a couple of close ball games last year so we're excited about the season getting started."
The Patriots open the season August 30th at Sumter County.