MOBILE/BALDWIN Counties, Ala. (WALA) – The Spartans and the Trojans.
Both, appearing at one time in Ancient Greece…
On Friday night…appearing again…this time on a much different stage.
“We’re excited to get going,” said Saraland head coach Jeff Kelly.
“We’ve got to get ready to play,” said Daphne head coach Glenn Vickery.
Last year, the Spartans were 12-2 in 5A. Now, the team is moving up to 6A. The level of competition is a bit different. Kelly expects to make a statement as a newcomer to the newly restructured ranks.
“It’s going to be very competitive week in and week out. There are some very good players and coaches. It’ll be a good challenge week in and week out. We are going to kick this thing off with a very big challenge over in Daphne and we are looking forward to getting things going,” said Kelly.
In Baldwin County, a team that is used to the 6A classification…the Daphne Trojans. The Trojans went 8-3 in 2013. Overall, in the last 16 seasons, Daphne has a record of 164-43 – each of those years, making a playoff appearance. Last year, the Trojans lost in the first round. Coach Vick wants to get back…and win.
“You know, you just have to keep emphasizing to 17 year olds to play at a high level, practice at a high level, and perform at a high level. And then winning takes care of itself. If you do all those things, then good things happen. If you play the best you can, and you don’t win, that’s all you can do. So, for us, it’s just trying to…regardless of who you play, to play at a high level all the time,” said Vickery.