As one of just two 5A schools in Colorado Springs, the Fountain-Fort Carson Trojans want to represent.
“It’s us and Doherty, and they’re our rival, so we got to show out,” linebacker Shawn Smith said. “We’re not as big as Valor, Pomona, all the other schools, but we still hold up a fight. That’s what we want to show, we want to bring our fight to the table.”
“We’re just trying to change the culture, and things are really intense,” running back Q. Jones said. “We just want to work hard to get to a top 5A school.”
The road isn’t easy, but the Trojans are taking the right steps.
“The way we practice is 100 percent different than the first two years,” head coach Jake Novotny said.
Novotny’s in his third year at the helm of the program. He took over after longtime head coach Mitch Johnson retired after the 2015 season.
“That’s like ripping out a tree that’s been growing for 30 years and trying to fill the hole,” Novotny said. “It’s not going to happen overnight. There was a good foundation already in place. We just had to build upon it and change some things to be what we expected.”
The Trojans opened up league play this year with two straight wins, a good sign for Novotny’s squad, who finished league play 1-4 in each of his first two seasons.
“Everybody on this team played for themselves, everybody played for what they want to do next level,” Smith said. “[Coach Novotny] just taught us how to buy into it and how to be a team and play as one.”
“He helps us tremendously,” Jones said. “He encourages us. He makes sure that we’re never falling back or giving up, just pushing us like a coach is supposed to.”
Now the Trojans enter Week 8 looking for their fourth straight win and third straight league victory.
“I feel like we worked to get here and we just want to win our league,” Smith said.
The Trojans host a 1-6 Chaparral team at home this Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.