Eldridge plans to return Swainsboro to winning tradition

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Things haven't gone according to plans for the Swainsboro Tigers the past couple years.

In 2010, an undefeated regular season was followed by a first round playoff loss. The last two years plenty of prize recruits have come through but a 6-14 record was the result.

In steps Ken Eldridge to turn the tide and put the roar back into the Tigers.

It's not all about the talent on the field either. This is a team that's struggled with attitude problems in recent years, and for Eldridge the key is to get the minds right before the product on the field can be right.

"They had sort of accepted losing, not just on the field or in school but in a lot of ways," Eldridge said. "So we're just trying to come in and change offensive, defensive and special teams schemes, weight room, just the way the entire program is run. That's been the important thing, just getting them to buy in to what were doing and they've accepted it well."

Senior Dylan Poole added, "The attitude and the tempo's picking up, and I can tell everybody wants to win. Last year, everybody was worried about their own stats and not the overall record."

The Tigers certainly don't have it easy. Sharing a region with Thomson, Washington County and Jefferson County means plenty of challenges week in and week out.

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