After a long and tough season finally on the books, Coach Brown reflected on how the team played this year.
“Overall, I’m really pleased with the kids. They worked hard. We made some mistakes. Started with inexperience and got better as we went on. One thing about it, you want to improve and become a better football team throughout the season. We are blessed to have these kids.”
Before the beginning of the season, the team as a whole set their goals and has taken the first step in accomplishing them. They felt as though they wanted to compete for the region and even go further into the playoffs.
“You have to set realistic goals. I mean, we knew we were young, we knew we didn’t have a lot of experience in some positions and we had to grow at it. Whatever people might think, we knew what we were up against and what we had to do. We prospered and got better. We asked our kids to work hard and basically, things don’t always show on the scoreboard of how good you are. We are just thankful to play and get better as a team,” said Coach Brown.
Last year, the Griffins stab at going further into the playoffs was pitch-forked by the Clinton Red Devils, 35 - 2.
This year, before the Griffins can continue to play during the post season, they must first get past the Wade Hampton Generals. The task at hand will not be an easy one.
“Wade Hampton is a good football team. They are big, they run the football, and they are physical. They have some good athletes at running back and also in the secondary.
“We are going to have to bring our “A” game to even compete with them. They are coming from a tough region and they are probably going to try and run the football down our throats.
“We have a challenge ahead for us. We feel like we are going to play with heart and come hard and do what we are supposed to do. And pray our best to come out of it,” Coach Brown said.
Hopefully the home field advantage will give the Griffins just enough of an edge over the Generals and no matter what the outcome of this post season, the Griffins will be supported by the fans in the stands.
“We want to try and continue to play football. We are excited about playing in the post season. We are looking forward to working hard and building a program to be where we want to build it. Hopefully, our attitude and willingness will get us to the next round,” said Coach Brown.
The teams are closely matched. Fairfield Central has a 3-2 record at home, as does Wade Hampton. The Griffins average 25.2 points per quarter and the Generals come in just shy of that, with an average of 21.9 points per quarter.