High School Football Preview: Houston Academy Raiders


DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — Coming off a 1-9 season, Jamie Riggs enters his third season as head coach. When he first took the job, Riggs had a plan set to bring the Raiders program back into a competitive force.

“When I first got here, we kind of put a plan in. I thought it would take us five years to make us competitive. This is the third year, and I originally said any games we win the first three years would be a bonus,” Riggs said. “We expect to be more competitive in our fourth and fifth years.”

Heading into this season, Houston Academy is going to be a younger team that will look to develop and gain experience throughout the season.

In fact, this is one of the youngest teams that Riggs has coached. He says that about half of the team is a sophomore or younger and that there are many new faces within the program.

“I have been coaching for forty years and this is the youngest team I have ever been apart of,” Riggs said.

The Coronavirus pandemic certainly does not help the growth of the team as all teams missed out on spring practices.

But, with the younger team, Riggs and his coaching staff have an opportunity to mold their guys into what they want to be whether it be in the weight room or on the field.

The Raiders kick off the 2020 campaign with home games against Kinston and Bayside Academy.

Houston Academy plays in region two of the 3A classification.

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