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Andrew Jackson Academy looks to continue tradition

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Bamberg— The Andrew Jackson Academy football team is a storied tradition, and new head Coach Willie Craven takes over the program this year hoping to continue with that winning tradition.

Craven said that the team has been working hard so far this season.

“We are young on offense and on defense,” he says, pointing out that the team is starting four sophomores after losing four starters from last year’s team. “We have some good returning offensive linemen back.”

Craven also pointed out that the team will be looking for senior leadership from players like Jordan Lee and Bailey Ackerman, both of whom play offense and defense for Andrew Jackson.

Learning a new coaching staff and a new system can be daunting at times, especially for younger teams, but Craven said that his team is catching on quickly.

“I think the kids are doing a really good job catching on to what we are doing,” he explains. “With new coaches and coming off of two state champions (a new system could be tough) but the kids have really great attitudes and they work hard.”

Craven added that he has very high expectations of the team.

“They know how to win and they want to win,” he explains. “They have good drive and good work ethics. They seem to be putting everything that they have into this football team.”

The head coach also said that he would love to see the team go undefeated, adding, “… but you know how that goes. We are not looking at the end; we are looking at one game at the time.”

Craven said that he wants his team to give their all in practice. “Our goal every day at practice is to be better when we leave the field than we were when we took the field earlier that day,” he explains.

 This Friday night Andrew Jackson opens up the 2017 with Jefferson Davis, a team that already has played and also won a game.

 

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