“I’ve been in the county for a long time and I think we’re getting close to what most of the coaches in the county want and that’s a Henry County region,” Union Grove coach Paul Burgdorf said. “We got so many schools. I think everybody in the county is excited about that. We’ve had some rivalries with other programs but now we got to play just about everybody for the most.”
Since Woodland, Dutchtown and Stockbridge all moved up a classification and Luella moved down to Class AAAAA, the Wolverines will meet all of these teams along with Ola in sub-region play.
“I hate to pull out teams and name them but I think Stockbridge is the class of the county,” Burgdorf said. “At the end of it, I hope we are in a position where we can compete with them.
“Honestly, we like playing against so many county teams,” senior quarterback Jonathan Slade said. “It’s more rivalries. Everybody wants to knock each other off and be the best in the county.”
Henry County and Hampton are the only county programs Union Grove will not play this season.
As far as the Wolverines as a whole, Burgdorf said the team just needs to believe in its capabilities a little more and really focus.
“I think we need to get a little confidence,” Burgdorf said. “In addition to that, I think our team chemistry has improved. We put a lot of emphasis on that. I think we need to be a little tougher and coach better and those things seem to be coming together. Every team in the state wants to be in the playoffs and we’re no different — that is our expectation.”
Last season, Union Grove earned a 6-4 record but missed the postseason due to a loss to Whitewater in the season finale.