WEST POINT WARRIORS LOOKING TO TAKE LATE SEASON MOMENTUM FROM 2013 INTO 2014 SEASON:
WEST POINT WARRIORS:
2013 RECORD: 4-6, 2-5 in 5A, Region 8
2014: Warriors compete in 5A, Region 8.
CLASS 5A, REGION 8 CONSISTS OF: Columbia, Ardmore, Pope John Paul, East Limestone, Johnson, Lawrence County, Russellville.
COACH DON FARLEY: (4-6 @ WPHS, 1 season)
DAY EIGHT OF FALL WORKOUTS: Encountering a day of low 80s with a slight breeze and low humidity, the Warriors worked out Wednesday with offense vs. defense and other phases of the game.
A late season surge gave West Point something to end the 2013 season. Now they want to build on that, knowing the opporunity for success is right in the grasp.
Don Farley's second season has West Point experienced. Eighteen starters, 10 on defense and a senior unit that consists of 16 players, the Warriors have set goals that Farley believes can be accomplished.
"Our goal is to have a winning season, to compete for a regional title and to make the playoffs. We are taking it one game at a time."
What helps the Warriors is they have a senior at quarterback to get the job done. Farley's son Bryant has started 29 of 30 games for the Warriors and they are hitting the right cylinders.
Kobe Smith returns as the key man in the backfield while the passing attack will be utilized with Will Wrenn as a wideout and 6'5' Ryder Jones in the tight end position.
The Warriors will run out of the spread formation and plan to attack the opposing defense with a hurry-up style. Former head coach Michael Simmons will call the plays for the offense with assistant coming from another former West Point head coach in handling the running backs.
A.J. Lamar has joined Farley's staff with Farley pleased to have the former UNA standout that knows about what it takes to be good in running the football.
A veteran on the West Point staff, Phillip Miller, is taking responsibility in the offensive line.
One change was made with the staff. Randy Jones comes from running the middle school unit to being the defensive coordinator. His schemes will not be that different in comparison to former DC Kenny Griffin who recently was hired as assistant principal at Fairview Middle School.
"Our coaches care about our kids," Farley replied. "They want to seem the succeed. We are working together to create "Team First." The players have their goals from individual to a team. This theme came from them."
Farley called his team "Road Warriors." West Point will load up on the bus four consecutive weeks before they play at West Point Stadium for the first time.
The Warriors remain in Region 8 of Class 5A, but with a different list of opponents. East Limestone, Russellville and Lawrence County remain with the Warriors in this region as the other four newcomers are Ardmore, Columbia, Johnson and Pope John Paul.
"We have been preparing for this opportunity. "We want to prove it to ourselves. Nobody will hand it to us."
Farley is glad to have an experienced team that understands what it is like to have to travel and get ready to play. The first part of the schedule is challening with the second half in the hands of the Warriors as they play four of their last five games at home.
The Warriors won last year at Brewer and East Limestone. The East Limestone win in late October ended a two-game slide with the Warriors eliminating the Indians from the postseason.
That will serve as a purpose when they gas up the bus next week and start this tour going into Walker County for the jamboree with Curry. Then they have stops in Blount County, Madison County and Limestone County before getting to be the last team in the WKUL coverage to play a home opener. It will be a first ever meeting with Pope John Paul for the Warriors in the Sept. 19 clash at West Point Stadium. That will add to the intensity of the contest with the Warriors wanting to be in the hunt in the regional race by the time they get to the third Friday in September.
2014 WEST POINT SCHEDULE:
Aug. 21 - @ Curry (Jamboree)
Aug. 29 - @ Hayden
Sept. 5 - Vs. Columbia @ Alabama A&M (5A, R 8)
Sept. 12 - @ Ardmore (5A, R 8)
Sept. 19 - Pope John Paul (5A, R 8)
Sept. 26 - @ Hanceville
Oct. 3 - Johnson (5A, R 8)
Oct. 10 - Russellville (5A, R 8)
Oct. 17 - @ East Limestone (5A, R 8)
Oct. 24 - Lawrence County (5A, R 8)
Oct. 31 - Priceville
Game time is 7 p.m. each game.