WADESBORO — Following a disappointing 4-7 season final yr, the Bearcats are again on the gridiron for preseason apply.
Donning pads for the primary time final week, the Anson Excessive soccer group has been exhausting at work all through the summer season. In his eighth season because the Bearcat’s head coach, Ralph Jackson sees the low season like baking a confection.
“The fellows have been working exhausting for the reason that spring and summer season, you understand, they have been placing the components in to make the cake. Now, and as soon as the season begins, it’s time to indicate off your work,” Jackson mentioned.
Jackson has a strong contingent of junior and senior upperclassman returning to the sphere this yr that he expects to make performs.
“Our senior class has been on the group for some time. Quite a lot of juniors have been freshman that performed varsity. We had some younger guys that made some performs, you understand, in key moments. These guys are principally juniors this yr and we search for them to return out and carry out and do issues higher than they did final yr. , our senior class is a reasonably good class as nicely…we’ve obtained some guys in there that actually paid the worth this summer season. They’ve been there constantly, attempting to steer, attempting to alter the entire psyche of the group,” Jackson mentioned.
When requested about any up and coming star gamers, Coach Jackson mentioned he prefers to have a look at the group as an entire, as a substitute of particular person athletes.
“I’m not a fan of claiming we’ve got star gamers, I imply, we don’t have a star enjoying, we’re attempting to get a group full of fine gamers,” Jackson elaborated.
Coming in below .500 final fall, for Anson, this yr is all about grit.
“Self-discipline and physicality, that’s what we are attempting to evangelise, that’s what we’re instructing the fellows. We would like them to be very disciplined, however we wish them to be as bodily as they are often legally, throughout the confines of the principles of the sport,” Jackson mentioned.
Picked in preseason polls to complete simply forward of final place within the Rocky River Convention, Jackson has a lot to be fired up about.
“ that’s a chip on my shoulder there, that’s a thorn in my aspect. So, it’s private, these guys obtained to get able to roll,” he mentioned.
The Bearcats first sport of the season in an away-game on Friday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m. in opposition to North Stanly in a non-conference matchup.