When Roscoe Johnson became head coach of the Atlee Raiders football team in 2007, his first priority was to bring discipline and a team philosophy to the campus.
Now entering his
sixth season at the helm, it's easy to see just how well he
"When you have that many, you can search and pick out the best," Johnson
said during a recent Raider practice session.
also relentlessly preaches that the constant rotation of players due to graduation is not an excuse for anything.
That line is experienced, big, and understands the program, according to Johnson
, emphasizing the players have been in the same offense since their eighth grade playing days at Chickahominy Middle School
singled out Montedoro, praising his off-season work ethic, saying, "He really wants to be the main man" this season.
Plus, it's really fun to play with the same kids you did at lower levels," Burriss said, referencing the systems Johnson
put in place from eighth through 12th grades upon his
arrival in 2007.
Atlee was wise to stick with Johnson
, who went 5-15 in his first two seasons but is 20-12 since then.
One visit to a Raider practice, and one trip to a Raider home game this fall, will prove that Coach Johnson had succeeded greatly in creating the foundation, atmosphere, and mentality necessary for a winning program.
When Roscoe Johnson became head coach of the Atlee Raiders football team