Football has never been a point of pride for Glen Allen, until now. Coach Camp and the hardworking players have changed the outlook on what is Glen Allen football.
When Coach Camp first came to Glen Allen from Dayton, Florida three years ago, there were not instant results. Camp previously coached teams in Florida to state titles, but the GA team continued to struggle. But, time is needed to build a winning culture in football, as in any sport. Our Jaguars took on years of hard work, dedication, and also failure to come to this success.
There have been several exciting games for the team this year, including dominating wins such as 34-14 win against Glen Allen’s rival Deep Run and the 35-6 win at Marshall. Senior Donovan Reddick, the starting Quarterback, says their best game was against Lee-Davis this season, “It was one of our first wins this season; it was where we learned how to battle back and win when we are down at first.” Donovan is very humble about his success, but he was named 804 Varsity player of the week twice this season.
A new surprise this year for the team has been Chris Butler, a star member of the basketball team who now plays wide receiver. Transitioning between sports comes with its difficulties, Chris said. “It wasn’t easy, I’ve been playing basketball for three years, but everyone on the team made it easier for me by supporting and guiding me,” he said. Chris Butler was named All-Region 1st team Wide Receiver.
Now, the football team is 8-2. This is not only the best record in school history, but the first winning record as well. Their only two losses have been against a very strong Monacan team, who is a two seed in the 4A playoff bracket, and a one-point loss to Freeman. All of their wins have not been so close. The closest any team got besides those two losses was in a 14-point victory by Glen Allen against Godwin.
Going into the first playoff game in school history, the Glen Allen team is confident but grounded. Junior Devan Flowers says, “We are working together really well as a team. A lot of these guys have been playing together since freshman year. We went through all the losses like losing 40-0. With all the hard work we’ve put together the past 3 years it is really coming together at a good time.” Devin Flowers was named All-Region 2nd team Line Backer. Glen Allen will play at Atlee on November 9th, and the theme is WHITE-OUT. Come support our Jags!