Spanish Fort High School Football
Updated: Friday, October 25 2013, 08:16 AM CDT
Spanish Fort, Ala. (WPMI) Who's number one? When it comes to football, it's Spanish Fort High School, home of the Toros, currently ranked number one in the region and number one in the state.
"Everygame here is big for us we look forward to every Friday night," says head coach Mark Freeman.
Toros wide receiver Sam Harris was UTV 44'S Player of the Week, he caught 7 passes for 156 yards against St. Pauls's and says there's no better feeling than winning. "It's a great feeling especially when your playing with your team right behind me," says Harris.
The defending 5A state champs improved to 8-0 for the first time in school history. With the Toros in command of Region 1, Mark Freeman is one proud coach. "Here at Spanish Fort, Football is about 11 1/2 months out of a year. The thing that I'm most proud of is how their character has grown in the past 3 years. The way they've grown up their values and the morals that we ask the kids to have and the expectation they have for themslves it's just a blessing to watch," says Freeman.
This is Freeman's third year at the helm at one of the newest high schools in Baldwin County. He says his team's talents extend beyond the sidelines. "We have some that excel a little bit more on the field but we have many that excel in the classroom," says Freeman.
The football team has become a powerhouse in a short period of time. Many point to coach Freeman, but he won't take all the credit. "The community support, the way our parents support what we do with the kids from the time they're in the youth leagues to the way they let us coach here," says Freeman. One of those former kids is football stand out Ronald Smith, he loves playing safety. "You patrol the field, help people. I save everybody when they make mistakes. I win another state championship," says Smith.
And what will it take to do that? "Our best effort, being blessed with the injuries that don't occur, and always make sure we do the right thing and play the best we can every game," says Freeman.
The Toros play tonight, one more game next week and then the playoffs.
"Always in the back of your head, but you just take it every game at a time," says Harris.