ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — AISA state championship runner ups the Abbeville Christian Generals are coming off of an impressive postseason run last year.
The Generals, along with their new coach, are trying to bring it all home this season.
Last year the Generals saw a 10-3 season.
They earned a spot in the state championship, but fell to Crenshaw Christian Academy.
They lost 14 seniors last year so now the younger players are stepping up.
“They hated losing that game and you can tell by how they’re working to do it,” Head Coach John Gilmore said. “We’re not rebuilding. You don’t have to rebuild a program that’s already built. We’ve just got to figure out a way to put the kids in the right spot and to get tougher. Physically and mentally tougher and condition and go out and win football games.”
New head coach Gilmore says an average of 24 players have been at every workout since the beginning of June.
He’s impressed with the Generals’ work ethic.
“You’re either improving or you’re getting worse. You’re never just staying the same. I don’t expect to be the best team we can be in game one against Springwood, but I want to figure out a way to win. By the time we get to that last game, Macon East, I want to be clicking on all cylinders: kids trust me, I trust them, we’re physical.”
Gilmore’s main focus is to get the team in better shape.
He believes that will be the difference maker for the team that got tired by the fourth quarter last season.
“I’m just going to do my best to keep it rolling and try to make things better. Take it to a different level. It’s something that is already built. Now I’ve got to keep it together and I’m excited because those kids know how to win. It’s not something that I have to try to instill in them from day one. My goal is to get us tougher, but other than that the tradition is there. We just want to keep carrying it on and get more state championships, back like they did in ’14 and ’15.”
The Generals will travel to Springwood High School to take on the Wildcats in the first game of the season on Aug. 20.