Apex Friendship’s inaugural football team looks to build strong foundation

APEX, N.C. (WNCN) – Apex Friendship head football coach Adam Sanders has a plan for what he wants his program to look like.

“One of our sayings is we’re trying to make better fathers, husbands, and better citizens,” said Sanders. “And that really is the foundation of our entire program.”

Building that foundation will not be easy.

The Patriots, playing their first varsity season, will have no seniors.

Leadership will have to come from sophomores and juniors.

“It feels good,” exclaimed junior linebacker Nate Antonik. “It’s a great transition to come over here and come to a school that’s never done anything before.”

Lack of participation is certainly not a problem.

A total of 116 players have taken on the challenge of being the first Friendship football team. They’ll pave a path for future squads.

“It’s going to be very exciting,” said sophomore running back Kaleb Jones. “I hope this program grows as much as we’ve seen it grow so far. It’s going to be very exciting coming back 20 years from now to see how we started it and how it’s going to be going.”

And Sanders is confident his former players will be proud of what they accomplished.

“Building a long-term foundation and a long-term success for 30-40 years that’s what we’re all about,” said Sanders.

The Patriots home field is not ready for play, so they’ll begin the season at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Holly Springs High School.

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