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Will Atlee football’s climb to the top continue?

Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

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In 2007, Atlee football was a rather dormant experience.

Head coach Roscoe Jenkins

Head coach Roscoe Johnson helped lead the Atlee Raiders to their best season in school history last season.

Now, in the eighth season of Roscoe Johnson’s tenure as head coach, Atlee football is the place to be.

But the jam-packed skybox overlooking the left end zone, the USA Today-recognized “Rage Cage” student section, and the noise that can drown out the trains passing by the stadium during games would have never been without the promise of Johnson coming true: a slow, steady climb to prominence, and to the top.

This explains the mindset surrounding Raiders training camp this season. It’s not enough to rest on the program’s best-ever season of a year ago: 11-2 with their first experience with multiple playoff victories and a berth in the Group 5A State Quarterfinals.

Ever since the Raiders left Chester, 46-10 victims to eventual state champion L.C. Bird, the focus has been on building, improving, and grabbing the brass ring for themselves.

“We run our plans, our program, the same way from middle school up, so the kids are ready when they get here,” Johnson said, emphasizing how the Raiders must reload, not rebuild.

He counts on an extremely experienced coaching staff, and isn’t afraid to let them lead their units.

“I have three assistants who are former head coaches,” Johnson said, including long-time Huguenot coach Richard McFee, his defensive coordinator, and former Thomas Jefferson head man Claude Hataway Jr., who runs the offense. “I have five assistants who can and will be head coaches someday. They’re here for a reason, so I let them do their jobs.”

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