WADESBORO — Following a disappointing 4-7 season final 12 months, the Bearcats are again on the gridiron for preseason apply.
Donning pads for the primary time final week, the Anson Excessive soccer workforce has been laborious at work all through the summer time. 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 laborious because the spring and summer time, you already know, they have been placing the substances in to make the cake. Now, and as soon as the season begins, it’s time to indicate off your work,” Jackson stated.
Jackson has a stable contingent of junior and senior upperclassman returning to the sphere this 12 months that he expects to make performs.
“Our senior class has been on the workforce for some time. Quite a lot of juniors have been freshman that performed varsity. We had some younger guys that made some performs, you already know, in key moments. These guys are principally juniors this 12 months and we search for them to come back out and carry out and do issues higher than they did final 12 months. You already know, our senior class is a reasonably good class as nicely…we’ve received some guys in there that basically paid the value this summer time. They’ve been there constantly, making an attempt to steer, making an attempt to vary the entire psyche of the workforce,” Jackson stated.
When requested about any up and coming star gamers, Coach Jackson stated he prefers to have a look at the workforce as an entire, as an alternative of particular person athletes.
“I’m not a fan of claiming we’ve star gamers, I imply, we don’t have a star taking part in, we’re making an attempt to get a workforce full of fine gamers,” Jackson elaborated.
Coming in beneath .500 final fall, for Anson, this 12 months is all about grit.
“Self-discipline and physicality, that’s what we try to evangelise, that’s what we’re educating the fellows. We wish them to be very disciplined, however we wish them to be as bodily as they are often legally, inside the confines of the foundations of the sport,” Jackson stated.
Picked in preseason polls to complete simply forward of final place within the Rocky River Convention, Jackson has loads to be fired up about.
“You already know that’s a chip on my shoulder there, that’s a thorn in my aspect. So, it’s private, these guys received to get able to roll,” he stated.
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.