When your school’s football losing streak reaches 23 games, obviously something has to change. West Columbus head football coach James Pierce knows lack of depth has been an issue for the Vikings. Pierce and the Viking administration, principal Jeff Greene and Athletic Director Jason Jones, determined that some thinking “outside the box” was in order. Hence the first West Columbus Football “Signing Day” was held in the school media center Thursday morning.
Pierce welcomed 53 potential rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders to the event. His opening remarks stressed the need for a 1A school to utilize as many student/athletes in multiple sports as possible. Pierce also mentioned that the Vikings had been competitive in several games over the past two seasons, but simply wore down due to a large number of players playing all 48 minutes. Pierce believes the athletes are present at West Columbus to be competitive in football. He used the Vikings 2017 season-opening opponent North Duplin as an example of how quickly a program can turn around. The North Duplin squad won four games in 2015, but played in the 1A state championship game in 2017.
Not only was Pierce excited with the turnout, but a number of Viking football veterans said they were pleased to see the interest the signing event generated. Now it is just a matter of the signees following through on their commitment. A brief interview with Pierce and four rising senior football players can be viewed on the New Reporter Facebook page.
Link to four student athlete’s interview: http://bit.ly/2BPwqUL
Link to Coach James Pierce interview: http://bit.ly/2s5FNAg