The Northview Football Team is starting over. Northview made a change in the off-season, with Wayne white moving out and LaBrian Stewart moving as the Cougars Head Coach.
Stewart comes to Northview from Prattville, where he helped build the Lions into one of the nation's premier high school football programs. He's was also an assistant with the Cougars in 2007 and 2008.
He takes over a team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2000, and hasn't posted a winning season since 2007. Factor in realignment, with Northview moving out of Class 6A Region 3 and into Region 2, and Stewart knows his team is facing some significant challenges in his first year.
But, Stewart believes he can lean on veterans like Florida State commitment Marquez White and quarterback Jalen Harris to make the transition smoother, and make the Cougars competitive sooner, rather than later.
"Having over 100 kids and 32 seniors, I honestly feel we have several kids who are division one athletes," Stewart said. "We've got some scholarship players and there's a lot of great kids."
The Cougars have battled through some tough times over the past decade, and the past few years were no exception. However, Stewart believes there are things his team can build on from the past few years, even though wins were few and far between during that time.
"Experience," Stewart said. "Experience, good or bad, it's still experience. It's just going to help us out."
Northview opens the regular season on Thursday, August 30th, hosting Sidney Lanier.
Northview 2012 Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Thu., Aug. 30 vs. Sidney Lanier (6A)
Fri., Sep. 7 vs. Dothan (6A) *
Fri., Sep. 14 vs. Robertsdale (6A) *
Fri., Sep. 21 @ Daphne (6A) *
Fri., Sep. 28 vs. Walton FL
Fri., Oct. 5 @ Enterprise (6A) *
Fri., Oct. 12 @ Baldwin County (6A) *
Fri., Oct. 19 @ Foley (6A) *
Fri., Oct. 26 vs. Fairhope (6A) *
Fri., Nov. 2 vs. Prattville (6A)