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North Augusta Yellow Jackets: Focus is key in upcoming season

Posted: August 20, 2013 - 4:02pm
North Augusta High School defensive coordinator Derrick Quinn oversees a drill during practice Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets host T.L. Hanna on Friday.    MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
North Augusta High School defensive coordinator Derrick Quinn oversees a drill during practice Wednesday. The Yellow Jackets host T.L. Hanna on Friday.

In his eighth year at North Augusta High School, head football coach and athletic director Dan Pippin sees the football program growing stronger.

“I think that we’ve got the program headed in the right direction,” he said.

One reason is because of the work players put into staying athletically fit by doing activities such as lifting weights and running, he said.

“Preparation never ends,” said Pippin.

Over the summer, more players were attending the workouts regularly.

“That’s a huge, huge accomplishment,” he said. “I’m really proud of them for that. They are good kids who work hard.”

Going into the season, the Yellow Jackets have to remain focused on each milestone, or game, he added.

“We’ve won a lot of games in the past four, five years,” said Pippin. “We’ve always tried to concentrate on the game that week. That’s our biggest game. Our biggest game right now is T.L. Hanna,” he said.

While the ultimate goal is to get into the playoffs and go for a championship, each week’s game is important because it leads to that, Pippin said.

“If we don’t take care of business each week, then we’re not going to be in that situation,” he said.

The season kicks off for the Yellow Jackets at home on Friday against T.L. Hanna High School. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.

Pippin said that he expects a successful season for the team.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. We have a great community support,” he said. “I hope we’re successful.

‘‘If we’re not successful, it’s not because the kids haven’t worked hard, because they have. They’ve done what they’re supposed to do.”

NORTH AUGUSTA VARSITY SCHEDULE

FRIDAY: vs. T.L. Hanna, 7:30 p.m.

AUG. 30: at Midland Valley, 7:30 p.m.

SEPT. 6: at Greenbrier, 7:30 p.m.

SEPT. 13: vs. Grovetown, 7:30 p.m.

SEPT. 20: at Sumter, 7:30 p.m.

SEPT. 27: vs. Strom Thurmond, 7:30 p.m.

OCT. 4: Open

OCT. 11: vs. Lexington, 7:30 p.m.

OCT. 18: at White Knoll, 7:30 p.m.

OCT. 25: vs. South Aiken, 7:30 p.m.

NOV. 1: at Aiken, 7:30 p.m.

NOV. 8: vs. Dutch Fork, 7:30 p.m.

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