In the last four seasons, Allendale-Fairfax has averaged nine wins. That's a great streak of success, especially because the Tigers combined for only five wins the previous three years.
Things are different this year, though. Eddie Ford has moved from defensive coordinator to head coach, and two of last year's stars will be playing on Saturdays this year at Clemson and Kentucky.
Ford, though, says you shouldn't expect a drop off from A.F.
He says, "The key is trying to have a program. If our feeder system is successful at feeding into our jayvee and varsity program, keeping kids in the weight room and on the track, if you lose a pretty good class, there's no drop-off because you've already built your program, and you have kids feeding in."
Ford has tried to preach that this is a team, and there are no stars. He says if everyone does their jobs, people will take notice, and his players are buying in.
Senior Jaquavian Williams says, "When you talk about A.F. it's not one guy or two guys. It's the whole A.F. Tigers. When they come to see us play, they're not going to point out one person. They're going to point out the whole A.F. team and say, 'Them boys are doing it.'"
The Tigers' only loss last season was against region champion Calhoun County. No worries for A.F. this season. The Saints are off the schedule in 2010.