Monday, August 18, 2008.
"Like those close games we had, little things are what kept us from winning those games," says senior lineman Corey Camppbell. "So I think if we get the little things right, the games and the wins and the big plays will come."
When a team has a bad year, the goal for the next season is to just improve. Well for the Hephzibah Rebels, going from one win in 2006 to 4 wins in 2007 was definitely a step in the right direction.
Now the Rebels are hoping to build on that 4-win season by doing something that hasn't been done since 2003: end the year with a winning record. So far, things are looking up and coaches and players agree that there is a change in attitude this season that wasn't there in the past.
"I feel that we are more intertwined as a team and I feel that we work better together as a unit than I have seen in the past," says Campbell.
"Just the focus and the desire to work is even better than it was last year and they kind of know what we expect as coaches so things seem to be running smoothly," says head coach John Bowen.
The team did lose Tomarez Jenkins and a bunch of seniors up front, making their line of the weak spots for the team. But the Rebels return quarterback Connell Jenkins and other playmakers that will help them make some noise offensively. On the defensive side of the ball, things don't look too shabby either.
"We have our leading two interceptors back and for the most part, have all our leading tacklers back and just got to develop a few defensive linemen that we lost," says Bowen. "But we feel like we have good experience back."
The Rebels also sport a new home field this season and will play in a new region. The team will be playing more Augusta area schools meaning when the team is on the road, they'll still feel like they're close to home.