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Bear’s way is now the Wetumpka way

Kamarri Darrington | CAScoreboard Writers Club

Photos by Brian Tannehill | Director of Photography

WETUMPKA – After Wetumpka’s 27-10 win over Jeff Davis last Friday, Indians first-year head coach Bear Woods took time to shake hands with every coach and support staff member on the sideline. 

The road to the home opener at Wetumpka Sports Complex was a winding trek for the former Troy University and Canadian Football League linebacker. 

After becoming a star at Troy, Woods was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2010. A 10-year career with two teams in the CFL and a 2017 Grey Cup title with the Toronto Argonauts followed. 

Woods has already put his stamp on a program with a proud tradition. The Wetumpka fans just had to wait to see it. 

Woods had to make it clear that a few changes had to be made as the Indians began their new era. 

First, no practices were open to the public.

“Everyone wanted to know,” Woods said. “They’d ask ‘Coach, why’d you close the practice? The parents are upset.’ That’s why I closed the practice. Everyone can wait until August 19. This isn’t Little League football anymore, it’s 6A football. Everyone now knows, and that’s going to be the fun part.”

The community finally got its first glimpse of the 2022 Indians, and there was a lot to admire about the team looking to extend the school’s nine-year playoff streak. 

The defense forced five turnovers, left the Volunteers offense off the scoreboard and did just enough offensively to get Woods his first win.

Woods is bringing the intensity needed to make tackles on the field to his coaching on the sidelines, even earning a 15-yard penalty.

“The process was seen by our guys,” Woods said. “We were able to show that next level of trust. I wanted to see us play with an edge. This is the new Wetumpka way. The energy. This moment’s over. We now move on to the next one. That’s the championship mindset.”

Wetumpka now has a new voice leading the charge who has no problem expressing how he plans to change fortunes.

So far, so good.

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