The Arroyo Grande High School football program ended the 2016 season going 10-2 overall and claimed the PAC-5 league title outright. The Eagles started the season with a loss to Lompoc, but went on to win every single game in the regular season before being eliminated in the CIF quarterfinals to Valencia.
There are some big changes to this year, the Eagles are without star quarterback Sawyer May and receiver Matt Sill. AG also ended its long era under former head coach Tom Goossen.
This season, the Eagles will have new talent at quarterback as well as new head coach, Mike Hartman. "Things that they believe here at Arroyo Grande are the same things I believe in prior to me coming here," Hartman said. "I felt at home very quickly. Win, lose, tie, it doesn't matter. If the people of Arroyo Grande know if our kids played hard, did things the right way, the AG way, then we're going to be ecstatic."
Despite the changes, one thing remains constant - playing the AG way.
"The AG way is getting the job done. Doing what you're supposed to do when you're supposed to be doing it.That's pretty much us working as a team, and always doing the right thing," said James Gilmet, Eagles junior running back.
The Eagles first game will be at home against Lompoc on August 25.