Pictured above from left to right are Springwood Head Football Coach Joey Burch and players Eli Johnson, Gregory Johnson, and Dylan Reeves
OPELIKA- On Monday, Springwood Head Football Coach Joey Burch talked about the 2022 season, which saw the Wildcats go 7-4, and play for a State Championship in AISA eight-man football as well as expectations for the 2023 campaign.
"It's an exciting time for our school, our players, and our fans. I really feel like I am at the right place at the right time here at Springwood. Springwood had a really good history in the 80s and 90s of being an AISA powerhouse we had lost that over the last few years. We were happy to bring back that tradition and we are hoping to keep that momentum going", said Burch.
Last year's State Runner-Up team had great senior contributions, and Burch is optimistic that this year's team will be able to fill that void.
As for eight-man football, Burch feels comfortable in the format.
"Last year was a blast for us. It's physical, it's fast, and it's wide open. This year our goal is to win a state championship", added Burch.
This summer Springwood has been active in the weight room and is eager to get into pads beginning next week.
Although Springwood is only returning ten from last year's team, this year's Wildcats will be deeper than last season, and bigger upfront due to some who have transferred into the program.
Springwood will open up its season against Calhoun County High School on August 18th.