As the varsity football season draws to a close for area teams, it is easy to overlook the achievements made at the junior varsity level. But the JV level is a proving ground for young talent and it is a great indicator for what may be in store for future varsity teams. With this in mind, we caught up with area coaches to hear the highs and lows of the season.
Head Coach Chad Amos said that the Sauras had a really good start to the season. Right out of the gate, the Sauras won their first four games. But then the Sauras started a losing streak that haunted them the rest of the season. The Sauras finished with a record of 4-6.The only conference game that the Sauras won was against North Stokes.
“We started out really good,” Amos said. “Then, we kinda hit a bump in the road.”
Despite the six game losing streak, the Sauras kept their heads held high and did not give up.
“Overall, as a team, I was really pleased with how many stayed with it and remained committed to the game,” he said. “They didn’t give up.”
Amos said that he had a lot of good freshman come onto the team this year and that they had a lot of heart. “We had kids that played well for us,” he said.
It is those very same freshman and sophomores that show a lot of heart that will be tomorrow’s varsity stars. Many football players start out on the JV level and eventually they show the varsity coaches that they have “potential.”
Amos said that while the Sauras have had some setbacks this season, including some injuries, overall it has been a “fairly good year.”
The Wildcats’ JV team has become something of a legend. The team went undefeated for three straight years. This year the Wildcats practically followed suit, save for the last game of the season when they lost to Bishop McGuinness, who went on to take the conference title this year.
The Wildcats were defeated by the Villains in the 11th hour by one touchdown. West Stokes ended its season with a 9-1 record.
Head Coach Mark Boyd said that you can’t win forever. “We had been winning for so long,” he said. “But, that’s the game of football. You’re going to win some, and you’re going to lose some.”
With only one loss on the record, Boyd said it has been a “solid” season. “I’m so proud of the team.”
Boyd said that this year’s freshmen hit the field already knowing the fundamentals of the game. “It makes my job easier,” he said.
This fact not only helped the JV Wildcats to have a successful season, but it will pay dividends when some of the boys head to the varsity team next year. “If you develop them, good things are going to happen,” he said. “So far it’s been working for us.”
The West Stokes varsity team took home a 2AA state championship title last year, and went on to the second round of state playoffs this year, where they were defeated by Andrews.
When Boyd reflects on the JV season, he said it brings a smile to his face.
“This is one of the best groups that I’ve ever had,” he said. “I’m a lucky coach. They make me look good.”
This has been a tough season for the JV Vikings. The team faced tough competition from area schools this year and did not win a game, according to MaxPreps.com, which said the Vikings had a regular season record of 0-8. The coach could not be reached for comment.
Unfortunately, the Viking offense has not been strong enough to rack up the touchdowns needed to be successful this season. At the end of October, North Stokes squared off against Bishop McGuinness, who handed the Vikings a 35-8 loss.
North Stokes did not have much success against the Villains earlier in the season, either. In August, the Vikings only managed to score two points in the game, which ended with a final score of 20-2.
Most of the Vikings’ games have followed a similar pattern this season. The team managed to grab a few touchdowns in several of their games this year, but they just couldn’t keep up with the scoring capabilities of other teams in the conference.