Coach Abel, Team Ready for Homecoming Game Vs. Palm Beach Gardens


Melanie Rodriguez

William Bussey, Sports Editor

Tonight’s homecoming game is a classic football battle between district rivals Wellington High School and Palm Beach Gardens High School. WHS head football coach Tom Abel and players gave some insight Wednesday into how they were feeling about tonight’s matchup.

“It’s a big game,” said Abel. “We’re district rivals, and we’ve had some epic battles since I’ve come here as coach.”

Abel says that Wolverines football has seen some changes in the past few years.

“Kids had to learn how to be champions,” Abel said. “We established a championship culture that didn’t start until my third year as a head coach. We make uncomfortable comfortable.”

Abel says that he’s worked to bring out the confidence of his players and make the dynamic focused on the team.

“The dynamic used to be all about ‘me’ and individuals,” he said, “and we’ve worked the past 6 years to make it about the team. And when we work for the team rather than the individual, it works out well.”

That confidence extends to how Abel and the team feel about tonight’s game. While he admits Gardens has a great program and they play well, so does Wellington.

“It should be a great battle,” he said.

Team member Preston Hays shared Abel’s optimism, saying, “I think it’s going to be a great game between two great teams, and it’s going to be an amazing feeling since it’s the homecoming game and we’re here at home with all the fans.”

Team member Matthew Shannon stated, “We’re excited and we’re ready, this is just another opponent.”

Come out tonight at 6:00 to see Wellington take on Palm Beach Gardens.