Football practices kicked off July 31 and the Arcadia football team already has things going in the right direction.
“The kids have got the right mindset,” said Firebirds’ coach Tony Nock, who has been a part of the program for nine years. “Very positive summer practices so far.”
Positive could easily be a descriptor for the Firebirds’ 2013 season.
Arcadia finished 6-4, marking the team’s first winning season in over 10 years.
The Firebirds tied for first in its respective district and advanced to the Group 2A East Regional playoffs. The last time Arcadia appeared in a regional playoff was in 2004.
A big factor in their success was their record against Maryland schools, in which the Firebirds went 3-1 against the likes of Snow Hill, Washington, Colonel Richardson and Kent County.
This year, Snow Hill and Kent County will travel to Oak Hall on Sept. 19 and Oct. 30, respectively, while Arcadia visits Colonel Richardson on Oct. 4 and Washington on Oct. 17.
Nock said he is hoping his players get another taste of the playoffs this year, but for now he is focusing on one practice and one game at a time.
“I want them to play good, hard football,” he said. “Whatever happens, happens.”