Greg Phillips talks Roughrider football at Kiwanis meeting

With the high school football season a mere three-and-a-half weeks away, members of a local service club got a sneak peek into the 2012 version of the St. Marys Roughriders.

Greg Phillips briefed the St. Marys Kiwanis Club on all things Roughrider football during the club’s weekly meeting Tuesday night at the St. Marys Eagles. Phillips, who is entering his second season with the Roughriders, said he is optimistic about the team.

“I am looking forward to this year,” Phillips said. “Football teams don’t get bad, programs don’t get bad overnight ... It doesn’t get better overnight. It takes a lot of hard work to bring things back up.”

Phillips did not joint St. Marys until last June. With a full year in the program, Phillips said he is beginning to see a change with his team.

“Me showing up once a week doesn’t get it done like me being here full-time with the players,” Phillips said. “We’ve had a year and I am very pleased with where our young men have gone.”

This year’s Roughriders will be 54 players deep — up two from last season. Phillips said he hopes to continue to build on those numbers with an emphasis on the grassroots, youth programs.

“Our summer workouts, I am very confident we had over 95 percent attendance,” Phillips said. “Our kids are stronger, a little bit bigger and that bodes well for us.”