Building a football program is much more than just deciding when to pass the ball and when to run the ball. So much more goes into it than what we see on Friday nights. It’s more than running and lifting weights. A coach’s responsibility extends far beyond the numbers on a scoreboard and how many wins or losses they have. It is a coaching staff’s responsibility to mold teenagers into young men on and off the field. They instill discipline, self-confidence, organization, respect, and loyalty in the players that last much longer than their three to four years on a high school football field. They’ll carry these traits with them throughout their life.
While these responsibilities fall on a coaching staff, they simply can’t do it alone. More often than not, the success of a football program depends on senior leadership. These guys are the veterans on the team. They’ve been through everything physically, mentally, and emotionally that a football player goes through. They’re to be looked at as an extension of the coaching staff. It is important that they’ve bought into the program, especially with a first-year coaching staff. They’re expected to be leaders in practice and leaders in the locker room. They encompass the qualities of a team captain: disciplined, respected, organized, and trusted.
Coach Mark Rose can’t say enough about what his group of seniors this year has meant to this football program. “Our seniors have provided great leadership and have all bought in 100%. They have laid the foundation for a great future at Russell County High School. We need a great crowd out here to honor them Friday night.”
The Warriors have a pretty young team this year, with only 11 seniors on the roster. Players that Rose would like to recognize are Derrion Sanders, Kaleb Epps, Tahmiyae Kelley, Mereeceo Apgar, Giovanny Rosado-Rivera, Juwan Williams, Colton Danielson, Tre’vohn Harris, Jalen Caldwell, Shelby Fugate, and Carlos Sampedro.
These seniors will play their last game in a Russell County uniform tomorrow night at 8 p.m., ET. It will be a home game and non-region contest against Booker T. Washington. The Golden Eagles enter the game with a 1-8 record. The Warriors won last year’s contest 33-14. Rose is excited for his guys on Senior Night and asks for fans to pack the house to honor these 11 players.