The Booker T. Washington High School football team has high hopes for District 1-3A play.
Coach Kendrick Law and the Lions have an experienced group that will be led by quarterback Antonio Ward.
Antonio takes pride in his school and wants the next generation to do the same. "I go to B.T. because it's a family tradition, and I always wanted to go here since I was a little kid."
Now Antonio is the senior quarterback and is living out his childhood dream of leading the Lions into battle on Friday nights.
His parents are proud graduates of Booker T. Washington High.
"It comes from his Dad. I guess it comes from both of us," said his father, Antonio Ward Sr.
Law also played for and graduated from Booker T. Washington High.
"With parents being alumni of Booker T and Antonio coming to Booker T and being the starting quarterback and playing under me, it makes me even more proud and touches me in a better place," the coach said.
Antonio and the Lions have played well in non-district play and have high hopes of winning a district title.
"He's a leader on and off the field, and I look forward to him doing great things," Law said of Antonio.
"It's hard because Coach depends on you," Antonio Ward Jr. said. "But it's fun because the other players listen and follow you."
He said his leadership on and off the field comes from watching his father lead his household.
"He never left me, and I appreciate him for that. In the future, I want my son to be better than me."
His entire high school career, he has been on the A-B honor roll.
His parents say that's what they are most proud of.
"Number 1, I want him to get an education. That's the important thing that I try to instill in him. I want him to get his education first," Antonio Ward Sr. said.
Antonio Ward Jr. said it's important to remember the past, make the most of his present and leave a legacy for the future.
The most urgent lessons he says he's learned from his father are to never make excuses and do your best at all times.
"Life ain't always fair, and things won't always go your way; but continue to strive for the best," Antonio Ward Jr. said.
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