"We always believe in the motto of focus on now and now is what you deal with and we're looking forward to 2008," says head coach Joel Ingram.
Focusing on now is probably a good idea for Washington County. After last year's 4-6 campaign, the team is hoping to rebound and return to the team that went to the state semifinals in 2006.
This year's squad brings back plenty of talent, including Georgia Tech commit Brandon Watts at outside linebacker. On offense, the Golden Hawks bring back quarterback Marquise Warthen and thousand yard rusher Keith Swinton. But the team is also starting 5 sophomores on offense, which can be a scary thought. And that's something coach Ingram is quite aware of.
"I know it's conventional wisdom in coaching to ease them into it and we did in the spring," says Ingram. "But the closer we got to the season, we started trying to put as much pressure on them as possible to simulate game-like situations, having to think on the run. We've thrown a number of fronts and blitzes against them and they've handled it well."
The Golden Hawks don't start the season with anything easy. They open against 8-game winner Cross Creek and in the second half of the season, will play region games on the road against the likes of Thomson and Burke County.