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We played in six homecomings that year


In the year 2006, South Fort Myers finished 7-3, avenging three blowout losses from its debut season, including a last second, 24-20 win at North Port, which in fact had blanked the Wolfpack 43-0 the prior season.
"We played in six homecomings that year," Redhead said. "We went up to North Port with 24 kids and 4 coaches and beat them in the last 30 seconds on a touchdown pass from Lida Daidaihua Original Zach Brindise to Dean Simmons. When that happened, I had been like, 'Wow, this just guaranteed us a fantastic season within our second year.'"
The following season, South Fort Myers welcomed the 2 best players in the program's history - Dallas Crawford and Sammy Watkins, Lee County's all-time leading passer and receiver, respectively - who helped ensure the Wolfpack's progress would continue.
"All the kids don't come in the door appearing like Sammy and Dallas," Redhead said. "Those big-timers, they're special as well as the greater degree you develop your team and you kids as they undergo, in the game, within the weight room, in the classroom. Personally i think like we've done a great job at that."
That's evidenced by the fact that the Wolfpack experienced little falloff after Crawford, now a senior defensive back at Miami, and Watkins, a first-year wide receiver with the Buffalo Bills, graduated this year.
"I think lots of Grant's success is that he built a method along with a tradition and got the kids to think in it," said Weber, who won 80 games in the 10 seasons at Immokalee, a total Redhead can complement victory within the Indians tonight. "It's essential that the children buy in to what been done there before plus they know they have to follow suit. You might not always win 10 or 11 games, but you're not going 3-7 either."
This is a message Redhead delivers regularly, according to senior quarterback Keith Smith.
"From the start of the year, he drills into you, 'Do you want to function as the group that messes everything up,'" Smith said. "There's an enormous tradition of winning here and every player knows what's expected of these once they are available in. Nobody wants to fall short."
'Big Teddy Bear'
Fear of failure may serve as a secondary motivator but it's Redhead's ability to connect with his players the true story of his success.
"I came from just one parent home; I lived with just my mother and my father was up north," said Redhead, who moved to south Fort Myers from Ohio as he was Ten years old. "My coaches, they gave me the guidance and paid attention to me when I needed these to and got on me once they needed to and kept me in line.
"That's what you've got to do. Should you pay attention to kids, you will be amazed at what you can encourage them to do. If they know you care about them which you're going to work hard for them, they'll tell you a brick wall for you personally."
The former offensive lineman, who played at both Estero and Bishop Verot and was a four-year letterman at Baldwin-Wallace in Berea, Ohio, cut an imposing you'll need the sideline. But that is a deceiving image based on people who know him well.
"He'll bark but he's a real big teddy bear," Dixon said. "He likes you everybody and wishes to be sure they have the same opportunity. People may not see or believe that because he looks so intimidating."
"He's all St Nirvana Herbal Slimming about the players," added Smith, who the third member of his family to play for Redhead. "He puts in a lot of extra time along with you, not only on the football field, but making sure you're doing what you are supposed to within the classroom."
That's one of the reasons why Brodrick Jenkins, part of the South Fort Myers first freshman football team and a three-year letterman as a defensive back at West Virginia, is back as an assistant coach using the Wolfpack this season.


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