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High Five: Unknown defender helps the Seahawks win

Posted at 5:53 PM Thursday September 22, 2022

Prominent Southside midfielder/defender Jose Ramos moved with his family to Chocowente from Aiken, South Carolina when he was three years old. The second eldest of his five siblings, he started playing football in the optimistic Washington Youth League at the age of 10 and also kicks the Southside football and wrestling team and is part of the track team. Coach Jay Petty describes him as a little-known player who does the little things to help the soccer team win.

  1. If you had to pick one sport to play in high school, what would it be?

Jose: Football, because I’ve been playing it longer. I started running the 800m in my sophomore year, wrestled for the first time last year, and am kicking the soccer team for the first time this fall. All my friends were playing football in the Optimists League and they encouraged me to play too. My first coach put me in a defensive position and that’s where I stayed.

  1. Seahawks 9-2 so far this football season. What areas have you improved the most to help the team improve?

Jose: I would say communicating with my teammates on the field. Coach (Jay) Petty helped me a lot in telling my defensive teammates if they needed to back off or press to get the attack to do what we wanted. As a leader, my responsibility is to teach the younger guys where they need to be in the field, so I have to communicate more. I’m also getting better at moving the ball faster.

  1. How did you participate in your other sports?

Jose: I started running the 800m to keep myself fit in football, but it turns out I really liked the sport. It’s hard to stay fit during the summer after school, but the track helped. Stanley Dixon (head wrestling and assistant soccer coach) encouraged me to get involved in both sports. I wrestled with 182 pounds this past winter, but I lost weight and will probably go into the 170 class this year. I love strategy in wrestling and I also love competition. It’s fun to win and to make the referee raise your hand. I’ve started football in two games and it’s been fun so far. He helped me meet some of my new colleagues.

  1. Defenders don’t get many chances to score in football, but you’ve scored two goals this season. What does it feel like to score when you’re not used to it?

Jose: It’s really good to score a goal as a defensive man. One was in a corner kick and the other headed in front of the goal. You are in the right place at the right time. Our attack is better overall this season. We have a lot of players who can score and that puts more pressure on the defence.

  1. What are your plans after graduation?

Jose: I’m going to start at Beaufort County Community College and then transfer to a four-year school to study technology engineering.

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