Week 1 Preview – Woodstock at Sequoyah
Exciting times in Cherokee County as football officially returns this Friday! This week’s VNN-GA preview will focus on the Woodstock Wolverines traveling to take on the Sequoyah Chiefs at Sequoyah HS this Friday 9/4 at 7:30pm.
The Sequoyah Chief’s are coming off a 5-5 record in 2019 & led by Head Coach James Teeter entering his 12th season at Sequoyah. The Chief’s will be looking to start 2020 off with a solid effort in their much anticipated home opener. Key players sure to be in the spotlight this season include QB Connor Gelatt, QB Matthew Traynor , RB/CB Jaden Mitchell, S Jack Blackman, OT Joseph Jorczak, DL Carson Coody, DL Avery Borne & DL Harrison Hood. All are expected to be team leaders.
The Woodstock Wolverines are led by Head Coach Brent Budde who is entering his 11th year as the Woodstock head man. The Wolverines are looking to rebound from last seasons 2-8 record that included 5 loses by 7 points or less. Looking to triumph in this years one score games Woodstock will surely rely on stand standouts S/WR David Daniel, S/WR Hudson Burns, WR Wes Bruno, DL/OL Brett Stefan & OL Joshua Shackelford. Success in 2020 will begin with these standouts rising to the occasion when their time comes.
I recently had a Q&A with both coaches discussing their preseason & upcoming 2020 campaign.
What is your biggest area of concern about your team heading into the first game?
Coach Teeter – “Not having a scrimmage to see young players in action and to be able to fix mistakes.”
Coach Budde – “I guess that it is just the first time that they will be in a game situation this year since we didn’t get a scrimmage game. So we have to control our emotions, stay focused and keep foolish penalties down.”
What has been your team’s strengths that have come to light during your preparations for the season?
Coach Teeter – “Their unity and ability to adjust to the ever growing changes with the COVID process.”
Coach Budde – ” I believe that it is the returning starters and impact players for us from last season. They have game experience and we will need to draw on that experience.”
Has anyone or anything stood out as the most surprising or unexpected positive during preseason workouts?
Coach Teeter – “Our Coaches. The coaches have worked hard from the first day we are out of school with daily position meeting and staff meeting. While most people were just sitting at home we did not miss a beat. Even though we did not have a physical spring practice, we had what we would call a virtual spring practice. The depth and detail that our coaches went to in their position meetings helped us greatly when we came back together as a team in July.”
Coach Budde – “No real surprises. Been really pleased with our senior leadership. They have really stepped up especially in the face of all the uncertainties and adversity this preseason has brought.”
Any thoughts on how COVID as impacted the preseason – good or bad or general?
Coach Teeter – ” For us it has changed the way we are coaching our team. We have always been a everyone plays both ways team and the best 11 play even if that is the whole game. Because of COVID we have had to rethink how we position players. With the worry of losing a player do to being exposed. We have split our team into a true two platoon team so that we can get multiple players reps. Therefore the next player will be ready if someone needs to be replaced.”
Coach Budde – “We talk about controlling the controllable. So we haven’t been in control over this COVID pandemic but we are in control over how we react to the adversity it has created. The players and coaches have attack every day with a great attitude and effort.”
Any final thoughts on the game, the season?
Coach Teeter – “Very proud of how our players have handled everything. It seems as if every time they turn around there are COVID rule change or they had to adjust to players missing practice. Through everything they keep working hard and plugging away. This could really be one of those special season if things can fall in place.”
Coach Budde – “Just really excited for all the players on both teams. We weren’t sure if we would even get to have a season or play a game not too long ago so the fact that the players, especially the seniors, are going to be able to take the field on Friday night is a win for everyone involved.”
Thanks to both coaches for their time & input. Wishing them both, along with their players & coaches safe & fulfilling 2020 season!