Northside Focused on Fundamentals Under New Head Coach Andrew Oropeza
THE PATRIOTS RE-ALIGNED WITH GHSA REGION 2-AAAAA, JOINING HARRIS COUNTY
After a week of voluntary summer conditioning, the Northside Patriots are off to a strong start under new Head Coach Andrew Oropeza. The Patriots hard work in the weight room is starting to show up on the field.
“It’s just hard work,” said senior punter and kicker Chipper Walker. “My freshman year we were always hitting the weight room, so it was just constant working out and we were always in shape. Just good coaching as well, and I think Coach O’s going to bring us this year.”
“I just love his leadership and how he cares about all of us,” said junior tight end Aidan Acton. “It’s a good feeling when he’s around.”
Coach Oropeza has encouraged the team to focus on hard work, weight lifting and fundamentals during their summer workouts.
“We’re eager. We’re ready to learn,” said sophomore receiver and athlete Jacobi Hatter. “We have freshman coming in, and I know they’re ready to learn. We have speed and agility, and that’s what we’re working on.”
“The excitement. Also working hard,” said Oropeza. “They’ve really bought in to what we’re trying to do. Everyday we’re trying to get better and that’s been our main focus.”
This coming season, the Patriots moved up to play in Class AAAAA. Northside has not made playoffs or had a winning season since 2017, but Coach Oropeza sees the drive and motivation in his team this year.
“I hope we’re a team that’s going to play hard for 48 minutes,” said Oropeza. “Play every snap to the whistle. Love and care about each other, and we’ll see how the results takes care of itself.”
The Patriots kickoff the season against their rivals, the Columbus High Blue Devils, on Friday, August 21 at Kinnett Stadium.