Drew Karpen profiles the Ringgold football team.
(Photo: Ringgold's Brandon Thomas eludes a Thomas Jefferson defender on a kickoff return during their season opener. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
"One of the main questions a new head coach has to ask himself: How long will it take for his team to believe in himself and his staff?
For former Peters Township coach Nick Milchovich, it took one week into the regular season as the Ringgold coach. The Rams were trounced in Week 1 by Class AAA Big Nine Conference favorite Thomas Jefferson, 49-6. Looking back at it, Milchovich views the defeat as a blessing in disguise.
"Maybe it was a blessing in Week 1," Milchovich said. "We had our deficiencies pointed out to us really quickly. Maybe we would have ignored those or it wouldn't have stood out if that didn't happen. We just got back to work and practiced and the kids worked hard and improved."
The Rams improved to a point where they haven't been defeated since that dreadful night. The Rams currently stand at 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference with a slight chance to share the conference title with the Jaguars if they were to lose to West Mifflin and if the Rams beat Trinity on Friday."