Football aims for ODAC title

Football team hopes winning attitude will take them to ODAC championship


Photo courtesy of W&L Sports Information.

Caroline Blackmon

Following its comeback win of 20-17 against nationally ranked Guilford on Oct. 3 at Wilson Field, the Generals football team looks to continue the strong momentum it has had so far this season.

Captain Randy Karlson, ‘16, said he attributes the team’s winning record to a winning attitude.

“We’ve had a will to compete that’s been evident since we started preparing back in January,” Karlson said.

Captain and defensive end Patrick Wright, ‘16, said the team’s collective experience is a major factor in its success this season and has made for a stronger leadership presence as well.

“We have a little more swagger and confidence to us this year,” Wright said.

Head Coach Scott Abell said his weekly goal for the rest of the season is to make sure that each of his players improve every day. Abell also said he believes the successful start to the season is a nod to the team’s hard work during pre-season training.

“The early success can be contributed to a more experienced team and a great work ethic in the off-season,” Abell said.

But the winning start is exactly that — a start. The team’s ultimate goal this season is to win the ODAC title.

“We’ve believed that we’ve had the stuff to win ODAC since we’ve started preparing for this season,” Karlson said. “The ODAC is an incredibly competitive conference and will make for some great football in the coming weeks.”

To keep the momentum going, Wright said that focus during practice is key.

“Regardless of who we’re playing, we can’t just go out there and go through the motions,” Wright said. “We have to practice with a purpose.”

Abell said he has noticed the impact of this year’s captains on the morale of the team.

“We have had fantastic leadership from our new captains and they are very focused on our goals,” he said. “They have matured a great deal from the 2014 season, both as leaders and as players.”

The Generals defeated Hampden-Sydney on Oct. 10, 35-28. The team will travel to Randolph-Macon on Oct. 17 for its next game. Randolph-Macon is currently 1-3 this season, and 0-1 in conference play. Kickoff is at 1 p.m..