In one of the states premier areas for boys soccer, Northwest Whitfield High School has been lurking in the massive shadows cast by neighbors and traditional state powers Dalton and Southeast Whitfield. But with each passing season, the Bruins grow closer and closer to stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight of being a truly elite program.
Last season Northwest dropped only three games on the way to a spot in Class 4As final eight. Two of the losses were to its county brethren Dalton and Southeast. The third was in the playoffs to eventual 4A state champion St. Pius.
For coach Ryan Scoggins, reaching the next level begins with a belief the team can get there.
To be able to do that, its going to take guys just believing it, he said. We got to have that mentality. Southeast has a great team, they always do. St. Pius, year in, year out for the last 10 years theyre in the conversation for state champion, final fours. For us to get to that level on a consistent basis, and were not yet, we got to work every day and many ways to get there. Every practice weve got ...