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.”