As they enter the first day of conditioning, Westover has definitely been infected by the spirit of the Indians.
Football is back at the forefront at Westover High school.
But just a month ago that was all in a balance for former Albany high athletes like Tim Allen.
"In my mind I was like they're going to close the school," said Allen. "So I've got to go on and prepare my future because I know I couldn't say next year I'm going to get better. Either this year or no year."
The senior athlete is one of seven former Indians at camp for Westover. The spirited linebacker is already a leading candidate for team captain after impressing Octavia Jones by showing face every day until he was eligible to practice.
"That spoke volumes for his character.," said Jones. "That's the type of guy we want in this program somebody that's not selfish and understands how the team concept is supposed to work."
The Patriots are coming off a (5-5) season and missed the playoffs for the 2nd straight year
They're not satisfied with .500 football, and the senior leaders welcome the competition for the greater good.
"They may have started at Albany High," said senior lineman Gyasi Revills. "So they're not coming to Westover to sit on the bench, they're coming to play too."
They're not just coming to play. They want to win, which is something the former Indians hadn't experienced.
"I haven't won a game since I've been in high school so I was telling him I'll do anything to win a game. I'll play anything. I'll play offensive tackle if you need me to."
Westover opens the season August 18th with a tough test at Pelham.
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