Purcellville, Va. (August 21, 2014) – With summer winding to an end, all kids know that school is just around the corner. For fall student-athletes, it means putting the nose back to the grindstone.
After coming off the best football season in school history, Woodgrove High School football will have a tough task to surpass last season’s record of 9-4. Coach Michael Skinner, however, is optimistic on their chances. One major factor according to Coach Skinner is the weight room, “It takes about two good years for the weight room to pay off. That’s the biggest change for us this year. Physically we are so much bigger and faster and stronger than we have been in the past… We have averaged about 70 kids in the weight room.”
With the loss of Josh Sweet, Woodgrove’s offense will have to find a way to replace his production. Coach Skinner will look to use running back by committee including Junior Charlie Clewis to fill Sweet’s shoes. The team will look to Senior quarterback Billy Sheehan to help stimulate the offense. Coach Skinner says, “Our season doesn’t depend on Billy (Sheehan), but if he’s successful we will be successful. He has done a great job and we are pretty excited about that.”
Coach Skinner concluded the interview with, “Will we win a championship? Time will tell but coaching these kids is so much fun.”
Optimism reeks throughout the locker room and the practice field. Woodgrove opens the season on the road against out of district foe, Freedom. The following week will be their home opener and tailgate against Tuscarora where they will be looking to kick off the season with a bang.
Written by Viva Loudoun intern and Woodgrove High School junior Davis Reagan.