Coolidge Football Rebuilding, Brick by Brick

3 years ago Andrew Luberda 0

The Coolidge football program averaged nearly nine wins per season between the 2010 and 2014 seasons, thrice winning 10 games or more during that span. Since then, the Bears have won only a combined five games the last two seasons, contributing to the resignation of former head coach Cayle Ferguson.

New head coach Bill Godsil, the former Canyon State Academy head coach, was hired to rebuild the Coolidge program and he’s doing it brick by brick.

“We’re laying a foundation still,” Godsil told County Line Preps following the Bears scrimmage against San Tan Foothills last week. “It was good to see them come out and compete tonight.”

Godsil said the Bears will feature an up-tempo offensive style, taking advantage of the playmaking ability of senior running back Jared Hunt, junior receiver Marcus Harris and others. If the Bears can be successful running Godsil’s system, they’ll benefit in additional ways too.

“Tempo is how you get teams tired,” the Bears’ first-year head coach said. “If we can make them tired on defense they’ll make mistakes.”

The Bears’ players believe what Godsil is teaching them off the gridiron will have as much to do with their success on it.

“Our biggest improvement was our bonding,” senior tight end Frank Andrade answered when asked the biggest improvement he’s seen so far. “We got closer as a team.”

The Bears are a confident group entering Friday’s opener versus River Valley.

“We’re really clicking this year and I feel we’re going to do a lot better than last year,” senior center Jacob Cardenas said. “(We’re) very confident right now.”

What will it take for the Bears to finish construction in time to house some hardware following what they hope is a championship season?

“Compete from snap-to-snap, whistle-to-whistle, and from the start of the game until the end,” Godsil said. “We can’t ever get down on ourselves. We’re going to face adversity, but we just have to come to the next play and go.”

The Bears are nearing the completion of construction, now they just have to close the deal.