BUTLER, Ala. Last season, Patrician Academy ended their season 5-6 and made it to the AISA-AA playoffs. They faced Autauga in the first round, who they would get shut out by 42-0. In Patrician's defense, Autauga did go on to shut out Choctaw Academy and Escambia to win the state title. But even with Patrician's rocky 5-6 record last season and a first round playoff loss, the team still has their sights set on playing in the state championship at Troy University.
"Every year we go into the season wanting to end our year in Troy," said Head Coach Jonathan Lindsey. "We just need to take care of our region as far as winning the region and being the one seed going in."
The Saints have two starters returning to the offensive line and six on defense. They were plagued with injuries to their backfield last season, forcing many new faces to step up. The team also has two new faces competing for quarterback who have never taken a varsity snap before. Coach Lindsey shared how both players have been competing hard for the starting spot as the season approaches.
"Both of them are going to do whatever it takes to win," said Lindsey. "I'm just trying to learn them and learn their capabilities."
The Saints competed in their fourth 7-on-7 tournament of the summer on Tuesday, something coach Lindsey said has helped him learn more about what he must to do prepare his team for August.
Patrician Academy open up the season Aug. 23 at home vs.Wilcox Academy.