Featuring Freeport Football Coach Jim Anderson
1. The 2009 Freeport football team has a lot of skill players returning from last year. Could this be your most balanced squad on offense during your coaching tenure?
“We have always tried to spread the ball around. We do have a number of players who could get the ball. This team reminds me of our 2002 squad.”
2. The first two games on your schedule take you to Santa Rosa County to face Milton and Jay in 2009. With an open week to start the season, how busy will your coaches be scouting that week?
“We will be very busy. Make no mistake, Jay is a district game so it will be our more important game, but we will prepare for Milton very thoroughly.”
3. Your son Lloyd is getting ready to start his junior year at Huntingdon College and former player Steven Adams is an offensive lineman at Troy University. Tell us something about these former players when they played at Freeport.
“We’re very proud of all of our former players who go on to play at the college level. Lloyd was a fullback playing quarterback. We ran the midline option a lot in those days. He certainly had a head for the game. He was like another coach on the field. He was instrumental in the ball control offense we used to defeat Walton High that season, which was our first varsity football win over them in school history. Also, Spencer Martin kicked two field goals and a PAT in that game. Spencer will be walking on as a kicker at Troy this season and we think he has a great shot to become a fine college kicker. Steven Adams always had the tools and the intelligence to be a college football player. We knew he could play at a high level and he has shown that at Troy. He is a starter, and, I think, their best offensive lineman. If he can stay healthy he may have a shot to play in the pros. His quick feet and great size are major assets which are noticed by all scouts.”
4. Freeport is in a nine-team district and has South Walton as a district foe. What kind of district record do you think will be good enough to win the district in such a competitive league?
“With nine teams in the district, one or two losses should still get a team to the play-offs. Three losses is a possibility. the district is very even in my opinion.”
5. You are entering the ninth season as Freeport’s head coach, the longest tenure of any Bulldog coach. What is the secret to your longevity at the school?
“I’m still here because there are good kids and good people at Freeport. We have a great school. We need to win more game for the kids. Their work ethic is outstanding. Sooner or later we have to put together more wins on the field. We play football to learn about life and hard work and respect and dedication, but we also play to WIN. We are not looking for moral victories. I tell the players that there is great value in making the effort to win, but results count also. We’re working to win.”