Indians gain more than win; experience for futurePublished 9:46am Wednesday, November 20, 2013
A season’s accomplishment can be measured in more than wins and losses.
This season, the Wetumpka Indians achieved more than seven wins and a second-round berth in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A playoffs.
In a twelve-week span, a four-game losing streak that all but doomed the Indians preluded five consecutive wins that includes the school’s first playoff victory over Daphne since 2010. And even in its season-ending loss to McGill-Toolen where Wetumpka came up five yards short, the players gained important life lessons.
“You hope that the players have a tremendous sense of satisfaction in that we did accomplish numerous goals,” head coach Tim Perry said. “Making it to the second round is a great accomplishment. Take pride in our season could have easily have spiraled down and be not as successful. Lesson we hope they take with them is without the great effort we gave throughout the latter part of the season, then we would not have been in the situation that we were in Friday night. Even with disappointment of falling short, without great effort, execution, team unity we would have been in a situation to win the game. There can’t be accomplishment without great effort and preparation.”
The on-the-field achievements, Perry said, and the turnaround in the team’s year, starts with the seniors.
“We had a great senior class that had tremendous leaders,” he said. “A lot of our seniors, several of them were three-year starters. They understood the effort, the focus, that even though there were some Friday nights where things didn’t go our way, to come in on Monday and take the lessons from Friday night and put that behind us and focus on the next game.
“Our seniors provided that type leadership where when our team had an opportunity to fragment, that didn’t happen. There was accountability and that speaks to their maturity.”
Perry hopes the experiences and accomplishments from this year, carries over to 2014 with the returning players.
“We’re going to look at those young men to provide the same type of positive, mature leadership that our current seniors provided. If things work the way they should then each class is going to model the leadership of the class in front of them. What we hope to accomplish through that is keep developing mature, responsible leaders that have a clear understanding of the preparation, not just during game week, but in the offseason and during Spring practice and Summer.
“So you’re counting on this experience that our returning players have to build on and make our team stronger, not just physically stronger but emotionally stronger, and stronger leaders,” Perry said.
“Expectations have been raise and it’s up to the 2014 Wetumpka Indians to take those expectation higher.”