MARION, S.C. (WMBF) - One year ago, Leonard Johnson arrived at Marion high school, as football's new head coach. He inherited a program that had some success in the past but most recently the team has had its struggles. That was until this season; The Swamp Foxes are 4 -0 and seem to be trending upward.
"It's a lot better than being 0 and 5 or 1 and 10 like we were last year," said Leonard Johnson, Marion Head Coach. "The kids resolved to do better this year and we've been fortunate because of the work that they did in the past to win our first four ball games."
"I didn't expect it to be this good," Richard Thomas, Marion linebacker. "We worked hard all summer and I know hard work pays off but when you have a 1 and 10 record you'll start doubting yourself but now that we're here, it's better for us."
The Swamp Foxes have put up big numbers in the wins, scoring over forty points in two of outings but their offense is relatively simple. Anchored by a solid offense line, they prefer the ground and pound approach.
"We have a play, we call the hammer and when we come to the ballpark the hammer's going to be there," said Leonard Johnson. "And if they stop it, they're a good football team and if not, they're going to have a bad night, it's just that simple."
However, Johnson is not only trying to make a change to the players on the field, he also hopes to prepare them for life outside the lines.
"It's a little bit more than coaching. It's about helping theses young guys to get them ready for life. And football is a vehicle we use to get them ready for life."