COACH OF THE YEAR: Andy Tew
By JORDAN ANDERS
The Daily Reflector
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Andy Tew admits it was difficult during the season to stand back and take a lot of enjoyment in the historic season his South Central football team was putting together.
The passage of time since his team’s season ended in the third round of the 4-A state playoffs has allowed Tew to gain some perspective on a season that saw his squad double its win total from 2016, a leap that earned Tew this year’s Daily Reflector all-county coach of the year award.
The Falcons set a school record for victories with a 10-3 campaign that also netted them the program’s first third-round playoff appearance, but Tew said his favorite part of his team’s great year went beyond just seeing the wins happen on the field. Instead, it was more about watching the mindset develop among his players that led to them.
“Just seeing how special the season turned out with how much those guys wanted it and their belief and their confidence throughout the season,” he said. “How they started jelling as a team and figuring out ways to win as a team. They had a goal and once they had that goal in mind, you could see that they had a plan to achieve that goal and a set of steps that was going to get them to that goal.
“You start reflecting, going back and looking over film from the first game to the last game and you just kind of see a growth in confidence and in the belief that they were going to win. That was fun to watch.”
In his third season as head coach of a program he’s been a part of since its inception, Tew and South Central earned three more victories in 2017 than in the previous two seasons combined and returned to the postseason for the first time since 2014.
Two years ago, the Falcons went 2-9 in Tew’s first year. This season, they flipped that regular season record to 9-2. Though he said there is still work to do before SC is regarded as a perennial contender, Tew said he was proud of the steps this year’s team took in that direction.
“I think we did that as a team, but I don’t know that one year does it as a program,” he said. “We still have a lot of achievements that we want to continue to go after and chase, but I do think as far as a singular team and singular year, they took great strides toward making South Central football a name people discuss and that we can be proud of as a school and a community.”