With a grin from ear-to-ear, Westwood High School Quarterback Kane Tieman is at a loss for words describing his team starting 3-0.
“It’s the best feeling of my life. I’ve never had it through high school. It’s indescribable”.
It’s a long season, but a 3-0 start is something Westwood has not achieved while Tieman has been at the school. Last year, they ended the year 6-4. The two years prior? 1-9.
A portion of the credit for the team’s revival goes to head coach Spencer Stowers, who took over the Warriors program in 2012. While Westwood struggled in Stowers’ first year, they made incredible strides in 2013, achieving a record above .500 for the first time since 2007.
“We couldn’t be more proud of these seniors,” Stowers said. “We have a lot of three year starters who stuck it out and have wanted to change the culture and wanted to get Westwood back.”
With a new focus, and a roster of experienced players, this could be a year where Westwood is able to reach new heights.
“With our senior group and our junior class, we knew this was going to be a special group. It’s going to be a special year for us,” Stowers said
While the change in culture has shifted dramatically over the past few years, the team and coaching staff are setting themselves up for long-term success.
“The juniors and sophomores we got coming up are great. They carry the team on our back for us seniors this year,” Tieman said. “In the future, we’re going to be great. It’s not going to be the same old Westwood, 1-9 Westwood anymore.”
The Warriors continue their quest for perfection against Gila Ridge on Friday.