Coach’s Nook: Patriots capture District Title, first in program history | WJMN
WEST ISHPEMING, Michigan (WJMN) – The Westwood Football team won their first district title in school history on Saturday, beating Charlevoix. It has taken a long time for Patriots Head Coach Scott Syrjala to build the program for more than a decade.
After winning this trophy, Syrjala pondered his team’s journey and, as expected, was very proud of his team and everyone who makes up Pat’s nation.
“We started seven years ago and tried to put that into a program and I think we did,” said Scott Syrjala, Westwood’s head coach. “Then our coaching staff and our kids’ weightlifting in the summer, trying to be good people, trying to do the right things, volunteering in our community. I am really happy, happy for our children, happy for our community, happy for our coaching team too. “
After that game, Syrjala talked about how the Patriots didn’t make it easy for themselves to win and said they have a lot of things to clean up for their next competition. Westwood has a big test on Saturday and went to Traverse City to play TC St. Francis. In order for the Patriots to come home with a win, they cannot afford to make a mistake against a team that makes them pay for mistakes or mistakes.
“I’ll tell you what, they’re number one in the state all year round and we’ll do our best,” said Syrjala. “We have some films about them and we’ll do our best to just compete with them. It’s going to be the David versus Goliath and that’s what we get. We will prepare as always and see what happens. “
The kick-off between Westwood and TC St. Francis is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. EST in Traverse City.