Warriors hoping a good offseason translates into on-field success
BY AUSTIN ALEXANDER
HAPPY VALLEY – The mood around the Happy Valley football camp is one of positivity. Coming off of a 5-4 season, the Warriors are looking to improve and translate a good offseason into solid on-field results.
Chuckey-Doak will be the first test on Friday and Coach Jason Jarrett and the rest of the team at Happy Valley are feeling good about the season.
The Warriors had a bye week during week one, an interesting conundrum with another week to prepare, but one week the opposition has already been on the field.
For Coach Jarrett, the first game was going to be tough regardless.
“The first game, no matter if it is Week 1 or 2, is always a challenge,” Jarrett said on the week one bye. “It is the fear of the unknown. Obviously, teams that already have a game under their belt have had a chance to run special teams on and off, have faced sudden change from offense to defense, and dealt with substitutions.”
But it’s not the end of the world Jarrett says.
“There is no substitute for game experience. So, our kids will be prepared for whatever may face them. It is just a matter of how well we handle the adversity.”
The goal for the night remains the same regardless for the Warriors, secure the victory.
“Our number one goal as we take the field Friday night will be to win,” Jarret said. “That is the expectation.”
Coach Jarrett said there’s no one player who has to step up, but rather everyone has to. If the Warriors want to succeed, it lies at the heart of every Happy Valley player. A team effort is going to be key.
I’m terms of preparedness, this season feels like the best in recent memory.
“We have had the best off-season in terms of gains that we have had in 3-4 years,” Jarrett said about his player’s progression. “We are stronger than what we were a year ago. The key will be to translate that to the field.”
Jarrett also mentioned that the real combination for the Warriors will be finding that balance between physical and mental toughness. If they can hammer that down, then he believes the Warriors will be in great shape.
Happy Valley hosts Chuckey-Doak this Friday night with kickoff set for 7:30 pm on Warrior Hill.
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