Tuesday, August 26, 2014
This year the Paul Knox Middle School football team will have a new head coach roaming the sidelines.
However, they didn’t have to look far to find him.
Brent Dorn, in his second year at the school, was an assistant coach last year for former head coach Sheldon Higgenbottom. Following Higgenbottom’s appointment as a part-time assistant principal and teacher at North Augusta High School, Dorn will now take on the head coaching duties. Dorn is also the school’s head boys basketball coach.
“I’m pretty excited,” Dorn said. “Hoping we can build a lot off last year. A lot of the kids from last year are excited. Obviously, it’s because they’re eighth-graders, so it’s their chance to prove themselves. We lost a couple of pieces, but I think we can fill them in. I’ve seen some pretty good sized seventh-graders; I’ve also seen some pretty good sized sixth-graders, but they can’t play. I have Chris Walker coming back to help, and a guy named Kevin Barnes coming over from Silver Bluff. I think we should be all right.”
Dorn said the transition, thus far, hasn’t been too rough.
“I think last year, being the head coach in basketball, helped a lot with this,” he said.
As far as players are concerned, Dorn has a few in mind that he is expecting big things from.
“Neiko Lozoya didn’t play much last year, he should be a key for us,” Dorn said. “He’s real fast, and he has really good hands. We’re getting a new quarterback, and he hasn’t played it before, but we’re working with him – Javon Bland. In the spring we worked with him a lot. He should do pretty good for us. We’ve also got (Devon) Magwood coming back on the line. That should be a huge help.”
The Patriots will open Wednesday, Sept. 3 in the Aiken County Jamboree at Midland Valley High School, starting at 6 p.m. The season opener will feature crosstown rival, North Augusta Middle, in the Jackets Nest, the following week.
In a rivalry that has been dominated, at least on the football field, by the Jackets, Dorn said he would “really love” to get a win this year.
“I think we can do it,” he said. “If the kids have grown up, like I think they have, I think we have the team to do it this year. A lot of them are going to have to play both ways, but I think they’re good enough athletes to. I think we can do it, just like we did last year in basketball.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star.