Cougars ready to pounce

With the first official game of the season just a few days away, the Southwestern Randolph Cougars are putting in the work to make sure they are ready. Things will look different on the Cougars’ sideline this season as Seth Baxter took over the head coaching position last spring.

Coach Baxter is excited for this new opportunity and the new season, “the kids are working extremely hard. I am so proud of their work ethic and desire to get better. These young men are like sponges and want to learn.” Hearing things like that should get the Cougar community in the stands for Friday night’s season opener against the Eastern Randolph Wildcats. Coach Baxter has been hard at work since taking over the head coaching duties. He and his staff have been evaluating talent and working to mesh their schemes with the returning players. One of his first jobs was encouraging kids to try out for the team and it paid off as he mentioned they have out about 90 players this season.

Of those 90 players, running back Tyler Hoover and quarterback Brayden Jones will lead the offense. Christian Byrd and Adam Callahan will anchor the offensive line, giving Jones time to make plays. Look for Braxton Davis and Ben Mull to be targets for Jones at the wide receiver positions. Defensively, Paxton Staker, Mikey Miller, Brighton Long, Will Moss, and Dakota Boggs will be key in helping the Cougars hold off their opponents.

With Coach Baxter making the change from a 2A conference to a 3A conference some might say he will need to adjust his coaching strategy, but not Coach Baxter. “The new Conference we are in is absolutely loaded with great teams and coaches.  My approach has not changed, I want the kids to improve each day, know that we love them and are proud of them, and I always want what is best for my players. Those approaches in my coaching style will not change.” Coach Baxter is looking to rebuild the program and change the culture at Southwestern Randolph and from the sound of it he is already off to a great start.

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