Under new Westlake head coach Jason Hall, the Demons are kicking off the 2015 season with a fresh attitude.
“‘Believe’ is our theme,” said Westlake senior tackle Justin Godfrey. “Another theme is that we are a family. That is what we call each unit when we break off into groups after practice.”
Coach Hall comes to Westlake after heading the Massillon program for 7 years. He joins the Westlake High faculty as a phys. ed teacher and has moved to the community with his family. Six of his Massillon teams made the playoffs.
When asked about goals for the Demons this year, Hall said, “I make goals in a little bit of a different way. My goal is to always have this team in a position to win in the fourth quarter of every game.”
In the newly expanded Southwestern Conference, Westlake will face traditional SWC foes Avon Lake, North Olmsted, Amherst, Berea-Midpark, Brecksville-Broadview Hts. and Olmsted Falls plus newcomers Avon, Midview, Lakewood and North Ridgeville. The new alignment means nine conference games this year – a challenge for all teams in a league that has upped the ante to a full slate of big schools. It will be an interesting and fun year. Westlake is entering the season with an enthusiastic and positive attitude. In the words of senior safety George Lawrence, “You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic.”