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Central Academy Cougars and a Hammer

By Tim Winters, 06/13/12, 3:45PM EDT

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During my recent interview with Coach Baucom, head football coach of the Central Academy Cougars, it didn’t take long before he started talking about a hammer.  A hammer and nail metaphor to be exact.  For Central Academy, a school that has been in existence since 2006, their football program was always the nail; being driven down by opponents week after week.  Losses began to pile and psyches began to wane.

Enter Coach Baucom and the hammer.  Last season, Baucom suggested to his team that they start thinking more like a hammer.  Instead of being a nail and taking the punishment, why not be the hammer and start “driving down” opponents.  The result was a team that won 6 games, the most since the school started playing football in 2007.  Led by a dynamic defense that featured Union County’s leading tackler, Mitchell Blackburn and county leader in interceptions, Nick Crowell, Central Academy found themselves in the postseason playoffs. Listen in as Coach Baucom discusses last season, the preparation and outlook for 2012 plus the challenges of coaching a magnet school with no feeder system.

You can also listen to The Huddle’s most recent show – The Huddle featuring the Central Academy Cougars