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Watertown Football Insider: Q&A with Freshman Coach Phil Oates

Posted Wednesday, September 04, 2013 by Michael Antonellis
 Watertown Football Insider: Q&A with Freshman Coach Phil Oates
The Watertown Gridiron Club sat down with Junior Varsity and Freshman Head Coach Phil Oates to talk about this year's freshman football team.

WGC: What do you look for from the kids on your freshman team each year?

Oates: Our goal with the freshmen is to have fun and get better every day. We need to teach these young men how to do things the Raider Way.   

WGC: As a coach, how do you plan for freshman team success when you don't know what you're going to get?
Oates: We run the varsity offense and defense on the freshman level. We feel that we will be successful by working hard every day in practice and never taking plays off. Luckily, Coach Martin and I teach in the middle school, so we have a decent idea of who we are going to be working with. 

WGC: Which game means the most for the freshmen each year?
OatesCannot wait to beat Belmont again this year. We are on a nice little 3 year winning streak.

WGC: You had a winning season last year. How do you replicate that?
Oates: It all comes down to hard work, both mentally and physically. I want to have the toughest freshman team in the state, and I think we are well on our way this year. 

WGC: What are some of the strengths of this year's team?
Oates: We have a very explosive offense this year, with a lot a kids that can score some touchdowns. 

WGC: Describe the feeling when your freshman kids eventually move up to JV and Varsity?
Oates: I love seeing our guys move up to playing on the big boy field. I am proud of every single guy in the program 

WGC: What is your most important theme for this season?
Oates: Be the best you can be.  That should be what we tell ourselves to get better every day

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