Patriots’ Excited to Build Chemistry Under New Head Coach Andrew Oropeza
THE PATRIOTS RE-ALIGNED WITH GHSA REGION 2-AAAAA, JOINING HARRIS COUNTY
The Northside Patriots have a lot to prepare for under new Head Coach Andrew Oropeza, but COVID-19 has put a halt on building chemistry and learning the new playbook.
“Right now, we’re just seeing a lot of excitement,” said Oropeza. “Kids are ready to get out here with this extended break and in the spring workouts we had great attendance and guys were working hard. I think the guys are excited and looking forward to the opportunity.”
The Patriots will also be game planning for new teams in a new region. Northside moved up to Region 2-AAAAA.
Last season, the Patriots faced many Muscogee County teams, but now the only local team they play is Harris County.
“We’ve got Griffin, Starr’s Mill, Harris County and a few other schools. It’s competitive. Every week will be a test and we just hope we pass more tests than we fail.”
Northside had not produced a winning season since 2017, but this spring they put a lot of hard work and effort into the weight room.
“The key thing was getting the weight room established. We had about two months to get it in and the guys really bought in.”
Despite being away from his team for a couple of months due to COVID-19, Coach Oropeza believes his’ Patriots are ready to work when they get the green light.
“I look at it as looking ahead now. We’ve got to be positive. We’ve been given the goal date of July 6, and all we have to do now is look forward to that opportunity and work toward that opportunity. We’ll be fine when we get out there.”
The Patriots kickoff the season in a hometown rivalry against the Columbus Blue Devils on Friday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. EST.