Resilient Worthing HS overcomes obstacles

With no locker room, lockers or water for the football field, Worthing High School head football coach Brandon Ellis remains positive as the 2017 season approaches.

Coming off another playoff appearance in 2016, Worthing is expected to contend for another berth in District 11-4A that includes Kashmere, North Forest, Scarborough, Washington, Wheatley and Yates.

“I think it’s going to be a pretty good year,” Ellis said. “I have a young group coming up. It’s a positive group with a bunch of talent. Usually year-to-year I’m looking to fill holes. This year everybody I’m counting on is already here.”

Worthing was 5-6 in 2016 and lost a first-round playoff game to Stafford. The Colts have consistently qualified for the postseason over the past eight or nine years.

“I played a lot of freshmen and sophomores last year but my top returning player is Johntiz Robertson, a wide receiver who has started since he was a freshman and has a couple of 1,000-yard seasons under his belt,” Ellis said.

“One of the things we like to instill in our kids is resiliency. Despite the odds or obstacles they will continue to fight, fight, fight,” Ellis said. “We know that if we want something, we have to work for it. That way we get everything that we deserve.”

With more construction underway on campus to complement the new building, Ellis says optimism is high at 9215 Scott Street.

“There were so many good memories in the old building, but the Sunnyside kids deserve something new they can call their own,” he said. “It gives us hope looking forward to the future.”