BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It will be a new look this season in Brunswick County with two of the three teams bringing in new coaches. But all three have the same task of getting past the big dogs in conference to put Brunswick County on top.
In Boiling Spring Lakes Rocky Lewis is the elder statesman of the group with two years as the head man of the South Brunswick Cougars.
He returns to a team who won only three games a year ago, but competed throughout the losses. With a bounce of the ball the other way, more wins could have came.
Returning their starting quarterback is a major plus and Coach Lewis hopes to lean on that experience to start the year fast and finish strong.
“We feel that we have to be successful non-conference-wise and build on that for the conference,” Lewis said. “Being able to compete against those bigger schools is a big challenge. We are the smallest school in the conference student population-wise. That is a challenge but our guys don’t shy away from it. We embrace it and our goal is to get better each year and I think we’ve done that.”
In Leland, North Brunswick hopes to get better this year after finishing in last place of the Mideastern Conference.
While they face the challenges of replacing several pieces, they also have the challenge of introducing their third coach in as many years.
Larry Brock went to South, Darren Willis is out, now enter Bryan Davis.
He hopes his experience as a coach in this conference and setting a standard of continuity will help turn around the North program.
“If I can domino it all the way down and let them value me as a person, let them know I’m not going anywhere and when I yell at them I love them, because I’m very much on that idea that we’re going to do it this way because I want them to feel success,” Davis said. “I want them to feel pride. I want them to feel like they can walk down the hallways and really feel like they’ve done something promised.”
Brett Hickman felt that way walking down the hallways of West Brunswick. Now he’s the coach of the Trojans.
West found themselves in the playoffs once again a year ago, but out in the first round.
They look to replace 17 seniors including their starting quarterback, defensive playmaker and bruising running back to name a few.
Hickman looks to take his experience coaching in college football to friday nights and help West improve to dominance.
“The biggest thing that we have to improve upon is us,” Hickman said. “If we take care of West Brunswick today, it shouldn’t matter if we play South, North or even New Hanover or Hoggard. We need to worry about ourselves and gameplan accordingly to whoever we’re playing that week. We just need to see improvement every day with what we do.”
We will see if that improvement comes with each of the Brunswick teams Friday night in the BB&T Jamboree.