It wasn't that long ago that Screven County was challenging for a state championship year in and year out. Not that the Gamecocks have completely fallen off. They just haven't quite lived up to their own standards recently.
Enter new Head Coach Greg Mainor. In his first season with the program, things have changed.
The team spent two-a-days at a camp away from school, and Mainor and his players think that stronger relationships and a new attitude will improve the product on the field.
Mainor says, "These kids gotta learn to be consistent with everything they do. They gotta learn about brotherhood. They gotta learn to play together, and they gotta learn to make sacrifices for each other. You know, sometimes things may go bad, but they can't get down on themselves. They gotta keep fighting."
Senior Middle Linebacker Duane Heindel adds, "We don't have people that are playing for themselves. Everybody's playing for one unit now. That's probably the best thing. Last year, we were happy with being mediocre. We have to get better everyday."
The Gamecocks don't have a lack of depth or talent this year. They have about 80 players on the roster, and with two senior running backs, expect plenty of work for the ground game.