Albany High football has experienced little on-field success in recent years, having missed the playoffs each of the past five seasons.
But the Hornets scored a major victory this summer when the school celebrated the completion of its brand new field house, a facility coach Blane Westmoreland said cost nearly $2 million to build.
“This is a dream come true for our kids and the community,” Westmoreland said.
No more dressing in locker rooms above the gym on the opposite end of campus and hoofing it to practice each day. No more studying game film in the classroom where Westmoreland teaches civics and world history.
The new facility, just steps from the Hornets’ home stadium, includes a weight room with new equipment, a large training room, a media room where players will watch film, and individual offices for the Albany coaches.
Westmoreland believes the benefits of the new digs will start to show on Friday nights, and he hopes the improvements on the field can happen sooner rather than later.
Running backs Kamryn Mayers and Cheyenne Labruzza lead Albany’s old-school Wing-T offense. Linebacker Ridge Ray will be leaned on as the Hornets transition to a new 3-3-5 defensive scheme.
The Hornets went 2-8 last year.
“We’re ready to go,” Westmoreland said. “We feel like with the finish of this building and everything going on here, this is the year we can really turn people’s heads.”