Tuesday, August 26, 2014
North Augusta Middle School’s football team is coming off a great season.
The team went 5-1 a year ago and is looking to reload – not rebuild this season. They will look to a new head coach, Jamie Boyd, after Justin Medlock made the move to Greenwood High School with Dan Pippin.
“It’s very exciting, I’ve helped here for a long time, with Coach Medlock when he was here and Coach Richard Bush when he was here,” Boyd said. “I’m just glad to be the head coach now and lead this team.”
The first-year head coach isn’t a big change from Medlock, whom he learned under a year ago. He will run a similar offense to Medlock, who ran the spread attack of North Augusta High School.
“We’re going to be more balanced this year,” he said. “I’ve been helping at the high school this summer, and I’m going to keep everything the same way the high school runs it. It’s all about preparing them for the high school level.”
On the field, Boyd has a trio of weapons he expects to lead the team this season.
“I think Lonnie Lee, Sammy McCloud and Patrick Stern will be big for us,” he said. “They are all eighth-graders who played on the team last year, and I’m expecting big things from all of them.”
The Jackets, who are coming off a season sweep of Paul Knox Middle School, have an early test with the Patriots in their first game.
“It’s a big rivalry; I was actually a student here at North Augusta Middle School, so it goes way back for me,” Boyd said. “It’s a big rivalry that we get pumped up for all year. We’ve got to beat them and look sharp, it’s about the bragging rights.”
While he expects a good performance on the field, Boyd is looking for growth from his player more than anything else.
“I expect everybody to get better and the seventh-graders to be leaders of the football team next year,” he said. “I expect all of the eighth-graders to go up to the high school and be successful there. I tell them to always work hard, to do the best on the field and in the classroom, too.”
North Augusta Middle School will open up its season with the Aiken County Jamboree hosted by Midland Valley High School on Sept. 3. The first regular season game will be against Paul Knox at North Augusta High School on Sept. 10.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.