Union County experimented with football, fielding their first team this fall and have now wrapped up their inaugural season, as they played Potts Camp last Saturday at Kitchens’ Field.
UC ended their first year falling to the Cardinals, 14-12 in the 7th-8th grade game and 20-18 in overtime in the 9th grade game.
“It was a great experience for both the players and coaches,” UC coach Chris Basil said. “We had a couple long touchdowns called back in the 7th-8th grade game and a couple two point conversions called back, and it was just a lack of time of the field. I can’t say enough about the kids this season and how they’ve showed dedication and have worked so hard to make this successful. The same can be said about the coaching staff.”
Several players have stepped out through the course of the season, including D.J. Armstrong and Roderick Montgomery. With more time and work, Basil sees more improvement and success in the future.
“We’ve had a couple kids who played in a legue in Sherman, and you can tell who the experienced ones are,” Basil said.
Basil also noted his backfield for both teams was impressive, while much work needs to be done to both the offensive and defensive lines.
“We have six or seven kids who have played before, and talent wise, we were strong in the backfield,” Basil explained. “The linemen weren’t as advanced, and a lot of that is due to them not having sleads to practice with. Our hope is that the school board can continue to move in the right direction and can have the funding to keep this program going.”
UC held their final two games of the year at Kitchens’ Field thanks to the New Albany School District. With great crowds attending each game this season, Basil is excited about the potential atmosphere the program can bring to the county schools.
“Both games we played at New Albany were about three quarters filled in the stands,” Basil explained. “Potts Camp brought a lot of people as well this past weekend, and it was a great experience overall.
“There’s a lot of excitement throughout the county for this program, and it shows. Just think about a couple years from now when we have the band on the field and these kids are able to run onto the field to the band music. It’s going to be amazing, and we’re excited about band getting on board and growing with us. There’s a lot to look forward to in the future.”