Spring practice went well, including a spring game win over Lassiter. The Shiloh boys won the state track championship and seven members of that track team are playing football this fall. Ierulli credits the support he has received from the school administration for the team success on the field and in the classroom. It has allowed the first-year coach to set some lofty goals.
"We set a team goal to go to the state championship game and win it, not just go and attend it," says Ierulli. “Looking at the talent that we have and coaching that I was blessed enough to get, we have an opportunity to go undefeated and go for a state championship in our first year. The talent that we have in our freshman and sophomore classes is ridiculous. I think that because of the success that we are having so far, we will have the ability to retain a lot of these players. We are not going to lose these players, like they have in years past."
Last Friday night, two of those seniors lead an offensive unit that racked up 421 total yards in the win over Lithonia. Senior running back Arthur Rodgers Jr. was responsible for 193 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.
It was another solid start for senior quarterback Vince Goffney, who's consistent play has been a major part of the Generals success.
“Vince started last year and I guess he struggled a lot," says Ierulli. “We brought him in, sat him down and told him that he had to forget all of the stuff that has happened in the past. Your best tool is going to be short-term memory. If you throw a pick-six, who cares? It's over and done with. If you throw the gam- winning touchdown, who cares? it's over and done with. You just have to focus on the next drive and the next play. I told him that nobody was going to get upset with him. So far he has thrown 12 touchdowns, for over 700 yards and only one interception. He is doing a heck of a job for us."