For the Nelson County football team, the main goals of preseason camp are simple.
"Basically just having fun," junior fullback and linebacker Dwayne Tinnell says of head coach Mark Poston's new philosophy. "The whole time that's all he talks about, is having fun."
After finishing 0-10 in Poston's first season with the Governors in 2013, he and his staff have a new, more positive approach in 2014.
"Better technique, more effort, and just having fun," sophomore lineman Bryce Adkins says of the points of emphasis in camp so far. "Last year it was real serious, we had better expectations. This year, we're just trying to calm down and have fun with it."
"We just want to be as positive as possible," Poston explains. "At the end of the day, we want it to be a positive experience on a daily basis. We've worked really hard as a staff to make it a positive experience."
Year two of the Poston era is already shaping up to be different than year one. When the season gets underway, the Governors will be focused on enjoying themselves, but they'll also be trying to win, something they couldn't do in 2013.
"It's tiring to come out on Fridays and get beat every single time you go out there and play," said junior linebacker and lineman Corey Mays. "[Coach Poston] puts it in us that it's our team and we have to turn it around. The coaches can't do it, we have to and we have to take it upon ourselves to do that."
"I'm not even worried about wins and losses," added Poston. "That stuff's going to come down the line. I want guys to have a memorable, fun experience. I want to have fun coaching them. It's been my experience over the years that if you do that, you have a great opportunity to have success."
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