Westside hoping for repeated success in wake of GHSA re-alignment

Westside hoping for repeated success in wake of GHSA re-alignment

Bill Shanks is in this edition of the Coaches' Corner with Westside head football coach Sheddrick Risper.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The Westside Seminoles are coming off a 7-4 record for 2013.  The Seminoles made it to the playoffs but lost in the first round to Stockbridge.

Head football coach Sheddrick Risper is now hoping for another winning season in a re-aligned GHSA.

"Travel is different," Coach Risper said about facing the new schools in his region. "We were in a travel friendly region last year... but traveling to Columbus three times with those three teams is going to change the demographics a little bit."

One of Westside's strengths last season was its defense, which only allowed 15.8 points per game. With nine starters returning, Coach Risper is looking for an even better performance in 2014.  "We're just hoping that we stay healthy and those returning guys will do the same thing they did last year."

Two of the players the Seminoles will lean on to get the job done defensively are cornerback Marquez Sanford (who Risper says is one of the fastest athletes on the team) and linebacker Tradonis Causey.

On offense, Coach Risper will be looking for a new quarterback and will need to rely heavily on returning runningback Cedric Hollingshed, who rushed for around 1,000 yards last season. They will also be looking for 6'6" wide receiver Steve Dolphus to have a big year.

The first game of the season for the Seminoles will be August 29 against the Rutland Hurricanes.
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