Coolidge Football Much Improved Entering 2nd Year Under Godsil

2 years ago Andrew Luberda 0

If you subscribe to the theory that the second time around is better than the first, then expect the Coolidge football team to make a significant improvement on last year’s 2 – 8 record as it enters the second year under head coach Bill Godsil.

“This year, we’re bigger, faster, stronger,” Godsil said during a recent Saturday morning practice. “The biggest thing for us is we played a lot of freshmen last year, a lot of sophomores, and a lot of juniors.

“All of those kids are returning this year, so they all have a year of experience. Their ability to understand the offense, understand the defense (allowed) us to make leaps and bounds this spring and summer with that.”

As is sometimes the case with a new head coach, some players on last year’s roster at the beginning of the season weren’t there at the end for one reason or another, which contributed to the Bears’ two-win season. Now a year later, the players that returned have bought into Godsil’s program.

“Our biggest improvement so far has been our discipline,” senior wide receiver Brodee Brinkerhoff told “Everybody is so coachable; we have no beefs, nobody is arguing, and everyone gets along.”

A member of the 3A Central Region – one of the state’s most competitive – the Bears say they’re ready to compete against Benjamin Franklin, Florence, San Tan Foothills, and ALA – Queen Creek. All four were playoff teams in 2017.

“I think we’re just as good as any of them, to be honest,” Brinkerhoff said. “We’re all human, we can do what they do. We’ve seen them all before, it’s nothing new. I feel we’ve gotten better and better.”

In addition to Brinkerhoff, Godsil expects a group of juniors to make big contributions in 2018, including Omar Perkins, Greg Reece, Val Rodriguez, Nate Lucero, Jon Martinez and Michael Bosquez.

Perkins, who will also play safety, says the offensive line is improved after working hard all offseason in the weight room.

Defensively, Perkins knows the challenge in this region is stopping some high-powered offenses.

“Our strength is our defense,” Perkins said. “Especially our linemen and our linebackers.

“We’re working because last year we were goofing around, but this year we focused up.”

It’s clear the Bears’ mental approach has undergone a substantial adjustment that should lead to greater success.

What does Godsil want to see on the field that will translate to more wins?

“Trust each other,” he responded. “There’s an acronym we use around here and it’s about trusting your teammates, trusting your coaches, trusting yourself, and trusting your training. Believe in the fact that you can get it done.”

Brinkerhoff knows some will be surprised when they see the Bears’ heart on Friday nights.

“None of us give up,” he said. “We’re not scared of anything,”

Or any team.