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Williamson opens its 2017 football season this Saturday
Football - Sun, Sep. 3, 2017

With one week to go until the season opener, things are starting to take shape for the 2017 Williamson football team.  The Mechanics graduated a whopping 15 senior starters from a year ago and so this year's team looks drastically different from last year's squad. 

Despite the personnel losses and the new-look team, Williamson looked strong on both sides of the ball in their recent scrimmage against a nationally ranked Delaware Valley University team, as well as through their first two weeks of the pre-season.  As the team heads to the September 9 season opener, several things have become apparent.

What we've learned about the 2017 Williamson football team so far:

1)  Coach Drake has built a quality program that has depth. 

           Perhaps no team lost as many starters from a year than Williamson.  And yet, instead of re-building, Coach Drake and his staff have built the program to the point they are simply re-loading.  Players from last year were waiting in the wings for their chance and they are making the most of it.

          "Our returning players have worked extremely hard to make sure they were ready to step up and they have done a great job so far.  We have a bunch of new starters but they all played well and made the most of their opportunity in our scrimmage.  It was great to see," remarked Drake.

2)  This year's freshman class could be something special before all is said and done.

           With one of the largest freshman classes in recent memory (26), the Mechanics roster is currently at 54 players.  Size of a class is one thing but size of a class combined with talent is another.  According to Drake, many of the freshman have the potential to start this year and have a major impact right away.

           "This is a great group of freshmen so far.  They are doing everything we ask of them and they are doing it with a great attitude.  Some of these guys are going to have an immediate impact for us and if they keep progessing and keep their grades up in the classroom, you will be hearing all about them for a long time to come. 

3)  Leadership is coming to the forefront.

             Talent is important but leadership combined with that talent with what wins championship.  This year's team appears to have both.  Several seniors and juniors are stepping up into leadership roles and it has already had an impact on the team.

             "We've been impressed by the way the upperclassmen have been leading so far, both verbally and by example.  It that is any indication as to how the season will go, we are going to be just fine.

     Williamson opens their 2017 season against Seaboard Conference foe Jersey Coast Academy, on September 9.  The game, originally scheduled to be played at Jersey Coast, will now be played at Williamson beginning at 12:00 P.M.