Once a proponent of measuring his team's success in terms other than strictly wins and losses, Fluvanna County coach Jason Barnett can no longer ignore the on-field results of his program.
"I'm tired of saying it's not about wins and losses. That's how I'm judged. That's how we're judged," Barnett said Thursday at the first practice of the season.
Three wins total in the last two seasons will do that to a coach's mindset.
It's an issue not just visible to Barnett, but to his players as well. The Fluvanna County senior class say they take it personally to right the ship and give their coach a winning season.
"We need to put wins on the board," senior lineman Brendan Goode said. "Barnett's given us his best years, we need to start giving him ours. We need to give him all we've got because he's always given us his."
"This is the seniors last year and for the past four years we've gotten close to Coach Barnett because he's been here," fellow senior Macen Dahl added. "It's something we want to do for him and we want to do for ourselves."
The Flucos were hard at work Thursday evening taking a step towards doing that. Barnett said the participation over the summer was as plentiful as he can remember in his four years at Fluvanna and that translated into the season's first official practice.
"It's Day 1 and we've got a lot of guys that are doing things that we expect out of Week 2 and Week 3," Barnett said. "We have a lot of kids that were dedicated to what we were trying to do this summer and that just makes this part of football that much easier."
"First day of practice is something we've been wanting for a long time, striving for a long time," Dahl added. "We've been working hard all summer and we're out here giving everything we got."