LWMA preps for 2012Published 1:00pm Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Lyman Ward Military Academy is taking strides to turn things around in 2012, after a 1-9 season last year.
“Every year we come into the season and these kids are counted out and we are ready to change that,” LWMA second year head coach Dwayne Thomas said.
“I think we can win and I think that we can compete this year, and our kids believe that.
“If a dog keeps getting backed into a corner, eventually they are going to come out fighting.”
Lyman Ward enters 2012 with two viable quarterback options out of the backfield with new addition Charlie Bunten used as a passer and Dillan McMullen used as the option specialist.
“We want to have different looks out of the backfield and keep defenses guessing,” said Thomas, whose roster has jumped from 19 players in 2011 to 38 in 2012.
“Charlie is a big addition to our football team and Dillon is really versatile, so we’re looking forward to that.”
Along with some player changes, LWMA experienced coaching changes in 2012 also, adding five new coaches to the staff.
“We have two offensive and defensive line coaches, we have a wide receivers coach, a linebackers coach and I handle the offensive backfield,” said Thomas, who had only three assistants last season.
“It is a huge boost for us to have new coaches that are getting involved and working on special aspects of the game from different positions.
“We have high expectations and we are ready to go out and play.”
Lyman Ward kicks off the 2012 season Friday Aug. 24 at home vs. Macon-East in Camp Hill.