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Briarwood needs to move forward

Now that the head football coaching controversy appears resolved at Briarwood Academy, I'm hoping things can now settle down to normal.

And I'm certain I'm not alone in such hope.

The school, which has deep roots within McDuffie, Warren and Wilkes counties, recently became embroiled in a situation which involved the head football coach being placed on administrative leave with pay. Neither school officials nor Blake Duncan would discuss the reason or reasons for the suspension.

Just as a school official and Mr. Duncan stated the other night when it was learned that Mr. Duncan had decided to resign his position, both indicated it was time to move on. I'm inclined to agree with them.

For the sake of the football players, program, school and himself, it appears Mr. Duncan made the right decision.

Indeed, it is time to move on at Briarwood Academy. It should be in a forward direction.

It is most important that the Buccaneer football program get back to its winning ways.

I know it can be done, but it will take everybody pulling together for it to become a reality.

Already, in my opinion, the program is moving in the direction it should under the leadership of Coaches Josh Morey and Bo Fleming.

Both of them have stepped up and assumed an incredible amount of responsibility since the Thomas Jefferson Academy game, which was played in Louisville. That was the last game that Mr. Duncan coached at Briarwood Academy, just three games into the season.

As for Coaches Morey and Fleming, both are more than capable of leading the football team the remainder of the season. Right now, I think they both need to know that we support the program, even though they have fallen on lean times the first half, having won only one game.

There's always the second half of the season. And it easily could turn around, you just never know.

We must continue to believe in the student/athletes at Briarwood Academy and elsewhere. They really are our future and we need to let them know we support them, win, lose or draw.

Web posted on Thursday, October 18, 2007

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