LAKE WORTH – With new head coach Robert Nichols at the helm, Lake Worth’s football schedule may qualify the 2021 season as a year of growth and development, but the Trojans still expect to win.
“It’s a young team,” Nichols said. “We only have seven seniors. We only have five returning starters. As for this season, we expect to be competitive. We have a good core of young men. They seem to be a team, so we just want to see the growth and development. This is our key for this season.
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The pitch was only occupied by a few dozen players in the first week of training, and many – if not all – of the players are expected to play in multiple positions during the season. Many of these players also play on both sides of the ball.
That being said, Nichols knows that stepping up the pace of training will be key to keeping his players in shape throughout the season.
“Our conditioning is the key, and then it’s just the mindset,” Nichols said. “We preach to them every day that ‘you don’t have a backup, so you can’t take a workout away. You cannot withdraw a game. There is no one else for you. ”
Despite a young team, the first-year coach points to several players who have already taken on leadership roles.
Collin Drummond and Michael Ena are both expected to be leaders on both sides of the ball, as well as in the locker room, while four-year-old man of letters Danny Garcia will also continue to lead by example.
“He’s one of our captains,” Nichols said of Garcia. “He’s a leader. One hundred percent engagement in season, off season, just one of the kids you model the program on. We look forward to his leadership.
Nichols expects to execute a similar attack to last season, but adds that the Trojans will be looking to go from a full-fledged Wing-T attack to a more hybrid style.
Nevertheless, the approach will remain quite similar.
“I’ve been coaching with Coach (Don) Hanna for quite a long time, so in terms of my coaching philosophy, I’m the same coach,” Nichols said. “Some of the programs are different, so it will be different from what we ran when he was here. But as far as what we did as a program, in trying to change the culture, we are doing the same thing.
Lake Worth Trojans Quick Shots
2020 review: 0-4
The Head Coach: Robert Nichols, first year
Return of “impact” players: Collin Drummond, Michael Ena, Danny Garcia
08/27 Suncoast, 6.30 p.m.
9/10 at Spanish River
9/17 Vista Park
09/30 at Forest Hill, 6:30 p.m.
10/8 South Fork, 7 p.m.
10/15 at Pahokee, 6:30 p.m.
10/22 John I. Léonard, 6.30 p.m.
29/10 in Santaluces
11/5 Boynton Beach
All games start at 6 p.m. unless otherwise specified