How Fountain Inn is preparing for its inaugural SCHSL football season

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Fountain Inn's Sean Smith participates in drills with his teammates, at Fountain Inn High School, Friday, July 29, 2022. JESSICA GALLAGHER/ Staff

WATER FOUNTAIN INN– A little less than 3 weeks is at all times that divides Fountain Inn from the very first breeze of the program’s inaugural football period.

A brand-new trainer, a young group as well as a first period that puts the Fierceness in an area with seasonal powerhouse Wren, state title challenger Powdersville as well as a list of various other programs whose history is a lot greater than the sum of Water fountain Inn’s presence.

Yet who’s checking?

” What has actually been actually good, since everybody likes to think of all the negative aspects of beginning in this manner, is that I’ve had the ability to have a number of these men as seventh-graders or eighth-graders as well as currently ninth-graders,” stated Water fountain Inn instructor Brett Nichols.

” I have actually been able to spend 100 percent of my time with the youngest men in our program. Now, we’ll definitely have our obstacles and also our understanding curve. We’ve obtained a great deal of learning to do, like I stated, both physical growth and psychological development– that’s obtained ta happen.

” However what’s been really exciting is these kids, they already recognize me. We’re not being familiar with each other … we’ve currently got a couple years below.”

Nichols is the established captain on a ship that is setting sail on its first voyage: A Hillcrest alum and also previous walk-on at South Carolina, he prepares to be the steadying pressure for a group that is new to all of this and also a school that is as well.

” I inform everyone, we’re mosting likely to look a little various than a lot of groups we’re playing. Yet it’s coming,” claimed Nichols, who was the offending organizer at Gardner-Webb before returning home. “Those children are putting in the job as well as we’re moving in the best direction.”

The Fierceness are young– a team packed with freshmen as well as sophomores who will play a complete varsity schedule.

The program will open its season Aug. 19 in your home against West-Oak, a team that really did not win a video game last period. The Warriors will certainly be welcomed in to Fountain Inn’s brand-new stadium, one that is viewed quickly from the glass windows in the college’s state-of-the-ark weight space that forgets the area.

The nine graders went 1-6 last season, intermediate schools were 4-3. Quarterback Sean Smith will be older, although lots of the Fury will certainly encounter most likely will be 2 as well as even 3 years their senior.

Water fountain Inn will certainly run the power spread infraction, with a 3-4 base defense.

Every one of that is the X’s as well as O’s of the circumstance. Yet what the Fierceness will do surely is grow– both literally as young men as well as cerebrally as football gamers.

” Were in a region with some terrific football teams,” Nicholas claimed. “You have actually got Wren, that’s won a state championship the past pair years, Powdersville who went deep in the playoffs, dual figure success (last year), Palmetto, (Southside), you have actually obtained professional athletes anywhere in these programs.

” We recognize that … but at the same time, we understand that and also respect that. (However) we can’t fret about them. It’s reached be exactly how we can make ourselves far better? How can we boost? (We require to) focus on that.”

Fountain Inn schedule

Aug. 19 vs. West-Oak

Aug. 26 vs. Woodruff

Sept. 2 at Crescent

Sept. 9 at Carolina

Sept. 16 at Pendleton

Sept. 30 vs. Wren

Oct. 7 at Powdersville

Oct. 14 vs. Belton-Honea Path

Oct. 21 at Palmetto

Oct. 28 vs. Southside

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