MID­DLE

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

head coach, the team fin­ished with a less-than-noteworthy record of 1-6. But with his em­pha­sis on mak­ing foot­ball more of a year round gig, he was able to flip that switch and lead his team to the play­offs and the NewRock cham­pi­onship game the very next year.

This year, the light has an op­por­tu­nity to be­come even brighter for mid­dle school foot­ball in New­ton County, as the most an­tic­i­pated game on Vet­er­ans’ sched­ule will be rem­i­nis- cent of a tra­di­tional high school foot­ball game. Earn­ing the re­quired ap­proval, Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial will face off against last year’s NewRock league run­ner-up, Cousins Mid­dle School, in a Fri­day night show­down on Septem­ber 15th at 7:30 p.m. in­side of Homer Sharp Sta­dium.

These mid­dle school stu­dent-ath­letes will gain their ear­li­est ex­po­sure to the hype sur­round­ing the prover­bial Fri­day Night Lights. English ex­pects a large turnout for this highly an­tic­i­pated matchup, and he’s em­brac­ing the at­ten­tion it will bring.

“I think it’s go­ing to be a good at­mos­phere,” he said.

Coach English sees his job as dou­ble duty with the main goal, of course, be­ing to win at the level he’s at while pre­par­ing his stu­dent-ath­letes for fu­ture suc­cess both on the field and off the field.

English also feels as if work needs to be done to cre­ate more of a con­nec­tion be­tween the mid­dle school and high school foot­ball pro­grams in New­ton County.

“I think we need to make the bond closer be­tween the high schools,” said English. “We’ve got to close that gap, I feel like we’re a cou­ple steps be­hind.”

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