Arguably one of the biggest up-and-coming programs in the area is the Fairhope Pirates. Last season, Fairhope finished 9-3, second in 6A Region 2 after losing to rival Daphne. The Pirates will move into the new 7A Classification this fall … something the program is looking forward to.
“There’s no doubt the Mobile and Baldwin County is one of the most highly recruited areas in the southeast for a reason because there’s a lot of good football players, so every week you’re going to play good people and I think the challenge down here is that even though a team record wise may not be stellar, they still have plenty of athletes who can compete and win if you don’t bring you A-game,” said head coach Adam Winegarden.
“Well for me, I love it. I love to compete, I love competing against people who are going to test me and my abilities and I think we’re definitely the SEC of the state,” said quarterback Grey Jackson.
“The competition is huge, so you just want to go out there and give it the best you can, your opponent is irrelevant you just want to go be the best you can be,” said defensive back, Desmond Samuels.
“I’m really excited because this is going into our third year here and I’ve seen a lot of the guys who have come through the program and through their freshman, sophomore, junior, senior year and the fun part about coaching is the relationships you have with players and watching them develop over time,” said Winegarden.
“Everybody is really excited about getting spring started because we’ve got a lot of kids that need to prove themselves that we think can do really well and help our team in a positive way and it’s just a time for everyone to get narrowed down to who is actually going to be a good player,” said Jackson.
“You go into every off season, you look at your weaknesses, what you did the year before and need to improve on and I really feel like we have a team that has a chance to be a good football team next year and the spring is the first part of the evaluation process,” said Winegarden.