2018-09-07 / Sports

Drafts gets first win as A.C. Flora coach


A.C. Flora’s Collin Drafts gets his first win. A.C. Flora’s Collin Drafts gets his first win. A 45-12 win for A.C. Flora over the Columbia Capitals snapped a 13– game losing streak and gave head coach Collin Drafts his first win as head coach of the Falcons.

“Any time you get a win its an exciting thing,” Drafts said. “We work so hard during the off-season and through the week. This one had a little extra meaning because of going through last season and not getting the chance to get that first win. It felt like our guys were really dialed in. It was exciting to come out victorious.”

After going through all of the 2017 season without a win, Drafts dealt with the hurdle of winning his first game with the Falcons for over a year. He said he mostly put pressure on himself last season to get that win, stating that he wanted to make his mark. However, this season his message to the team changed to one of refocusing on what these tough times can teach his players.

“ They’ll probably face a lot tougher things in their lives than losing every football game. Learning who you are when times get tough that’s how you prove yourself. That’s what we were talking about all off-season,” Drafts said.

He said the team began to focus on different aspects of the game, like attitude and preparation.

During the summer, A.C. Flora won the FCA 7- on–7 tournament. That was followed by a grueling offseason, and an 0-2 start which saw A.C. Flora come up short against Beaufort after being tied 14-14 going into the fourth quarter and a Union County game that got away from the Falcons after a series of turnovers and special team’s miscues.

Drafts believes having a short week helped his team. Originally the game between A.C. Flora and Columbia was scheduled to be played Friday, August 31 at Memorial Stadium. However, with the renovations at Memorial Stadium not yet complete, the game was moved to Thursday, August 30 at Charles Johnson Stadium. Drafts said he found out a week before the game was to be played. Due to the change and some key injuries, Drafts took his team through a light week of preparation.

Matt Jamison, Quincy Riley, Josh Heatly, and Matthew Pack, who spent the week on the scout team, all scored in the rout of Columbia.

While their impact was immediately felt, Drafts said the offensive line, led by Jamari Gordon, and the leadership from RJ Mobley was equally as important.

A.C. Flora gets a little extra time to celebrate this win. The Falcons don’t have a contest until September 14 against Richland Northeast.

“We’ll talk about the win briefly,” Drafts said. “We’re excited about getting the win. Now we can put it to rest. These kids will have to be taught how to show up after a win because that’s a process as well. There is plenty that can be corrected. That will be a learning curve as well. We got the monkey off our back, everybody is proud of that, but it’s time to move on.”

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