PIGSKIN PREVIEW 2022: West Orange High School

The Warriors' first game will take place at 7 p.m., Aug. 19, vs. Winter Park.

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The West Orange High School football team is ready to step onto the field come Friday night.

“It’s all about getting better every game,” head football coach Geno Thompson said. “We are going into the season with some young kids playing (the) positions.” 

This will be Thompson’s first season as head coach of the Warriors, and even though there were a couple of other changes, when it comes to the coaching staff, the team is ready. 

The Warriors are looking forward to facing every opponent on the list. However, like every other year, the team is especially excited about playing Apopka. 

“(That was) the only team we lost to last year, but that’s always been a trade-off,” Thompson said. “Every year, we trade off. They are a very well-coached team and a very (well) run program. It just comes down to who is going to execute more. When you have two opponents that are very well coached, it’s always going to come down to the team that makes the least amount of mistakes.” 

Some key players to watch during the season include Jordan Castell, Chris Ficka, Graysen and Brody Riffe, Dominic Madrid and Noah Nixon. 

“We really loaded up the schedule in terms of competition, we play all the top schools,” Thompson said. “(There are) no weeks in the schedule where we can kind of play JV kids and then be OK.”



Andrea Mujica

Staff writer Andrea Mujica covers sports, news and features. She holds both a bachelor's degree in journalism and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. When she’s not on the sidelines, you can find Andrea coaching rowers at the Orlando Area Rowing Society in Windermere.

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