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Preview: Salt River Varsity Football

The Salt River Tigers compete in a drill at an August practice, gearing up for the new football season.

Q&A With New Salt River Football Coach Brandon Keith

What do you hope to accomplish this season?

We are looking to get as many kids out here as possible to participate to help them find something they can learn to love and be a part of something positive.

What type of message do you hope your athletes take away from your coaching?

Anything is possible out here. Whether you are great at football or [it’s] the first year [you’ve] played, male or female, it doesn’t matter. You have someone here in myself who has been through it all and has seen it and done it and has come out the other side with something positive from playing football. It’s about being that role model and showing them they have someone in their corner who cares and wants to be there to support and help them along the way.

What is your philosophy of coaching and its relationship to education?

I am not a yelling coach or someone out here just to be mad when things don’t go your way. I want to be able to talk to you like a cool uncle or maybe an older brother, someone who really just cares about you as a person. Having somebody in your life who cares about you and who is really paying attention makes all the difference.

Why is it important for students to participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports?

There are so many reasons, whether it is the health benefits or being involved in something that’s bigger than yourself and that you connect to. It’s bring involved and around people who will always take care of you and be there for you in the future.

What message would you want to share with parents, fans and Community members interested in following your team?

Just come out and watch. We might not win every game out here, but just come out and be involved in what it is we are building. There is a special thing happening that is bringing together a lot of people you wouldn’t necessarily think might play football together. There are a lot of kids [who are] brand new to this game and others who have been there, done that, but even if it takes a year or two or more, keep staying involved.

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Football Schedule
Date Home Visitor Location Time
Sept. 15 Salt River James Madison   Salt River    7:00pm
Sept. 22 Orme Salt River Orme 7:00pm
Sept. 29 Salt River Madison-Highland Salt River 7:00pm
Oct. 6 Salt River (Homecoming) Ajo Salt River 7:00pm
Oct. 19 Salt River (Senior Night) New Way Academy Salt River 7:00pm