4. Augusta is better known for producing good basketball teams. What are the challenges to making football more successful, having a Richmond County Schools team break through and make a run in the football playoffs? “The biggest challenges are with our daily setup. We do not have weightlifting during the day, which pushes it to after school. This extends the day, and it is also difficult to lift intensely when you just finished a full school day and you still have to practice. It also makes the offseason challenging with kids who play other sports, which we encourage, have to work and help support their families, or have transportation issues. We are also on a seven-period day rather than block. This cuts a credit opportunity each year. Our feeder programs are not linked to the high schools either, nor do they have middle school weightlifting. A lot of schools are in a similar situation. It’s not just us. I have a lot of appreciation for our players and coaches for overcoming these obstacles.”
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