CCHS football aims to ‘change the culture’

Published 5:07 pm Friday, July 13, 2018

The motto for the Chilton County football team heading into the 2018 season is to “change the culture.”

It is something that the Tigers look to do in the second season under head coach Tal Morrison.

Culture is something that is not easily changed over night, but is continuously on the mind of the players and coaching staff.

Senior Triston Schmidthorst has noticed the hard work that has been put forth by some of his freshman teammates. He acknowledges that in order for the culture to change, every grade has to buy in.

“We’re just trying to get the same goal in mind,” Schmidthorst said. “I want to prove to people that we will fight every game.”

According to Schmidthorst, the current crop of seniors wants to be the class that flips the switch and gets the program headed back in the right direction.

“Last year we led, but now we can feel people looking up to us,” Schmidthorst said. “We have to set the tone.”

CCHS has worn shirts with “CTC” to the 7-on-7 and OTA events that it has hosted this summer. On the back of the shirts it reads, “tough times never last.”

“You don’t drop your head when times get tough,” Schmidthorst said.

Culture is more than just wins and losses. It is also the approach that the players carry in and out of each game.

Morrison has brought an energy that the players have gravitated to ever since he took over the job roughly a year ago.

“I feel like he has been here since I started, even though that is not the case,” Schmidthorst said.

CCHS recently modified its logos, but only time will tell if this season is the one where the culture truly begins to shift for the football program.