Robert Bailey ’21
Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
Football Coach Steve Senters is making his return along with many returning players from last year’s Varsity Football Team, the Cavaliers are a team in transition.
Senters intends to make numerous changes to the demeanor of the team. He plans to improve the team atmosphere, not just improve the plays on the field.
“I want to change the culture of the program. Everyone is focused on their individual talent, I want to teach them to play for each other instead of themselves,” says Senters.
The players are willing and ready to put Senters’ plans into play, as they noticed the same issues on the field last season and want to make a change.
“The biggest problem with the team last year was we didn’t have any leadership and our players didn’t take accountability” says sophomore Jaheim Frazier. “I think the change in coaching is going to put us in the right direction going forward,” adds Frazier.
Junior Taveon Bell believes that Senters’ plans for success will lead their team to victory during his senior season.
“I think this might be our best season yet. We didn’t really have any chemistry under our last coach and I think Coach Senters will bring us together as a team,” says Bell.
While the plans for the team itself are currently in the works; Senters has already made some major improvements to the program in preparation to carry them out.
“I have improved and repaired the weight room, organized our football office at the A-field, I’m currently hiring great new assistant coaches, and I put in a weight lifting program called BFS,” says Senters. “I’m just doing everything I can to get my players ready,” adds Senters.
But, Senters is not the only one preparing for greatness in the upcoming season. The team has stepped up and are getting physically ready and used to playing together.
“We have a lot of weight room days after school now but after school gets out for the summer, we will be hitting the field a lot more,” says Frazier. “A lot of our players have been going to 7v7 scrimmages on the weekends without Coach even telling us to,” adds Frazier.
Senters and the team are also putting in major efforts to get the team financially ready for the upcoming season by organizing fundraisers. A skating party held at Great Skate recently brought in a good amount of revenue for the team.
But, the fundraiser had much more benefit than just bringing in money for the team. It began to set Senters’ plans into motion.
”We are doing this to raise funds but more importantly to build camaraderie, brotherhood, and team chemistry,” says Senters.
Senters’ ideas to build a new team outlook and connections between the players coupled with the efforts of the players to prepare physically as well as financially for the season is a recipe for success–and the players are ready for it.
“I really want to win South Lake it’s first playoff game in school history. That’s my biggest goal and I think we have a talented enough team to do it this year. We just need to stay committed to coming this offseason and getting better,” says sophomore Kawon Robertson.