Tuesday, August 26, 2008.
Head coach Ernest Tolbert says it all. "I got a good group of kids working hard all summer. We're working hard now. We're hoping this is our season. Bringing Glenn Hills back to the glory days of the mid-eighties."
It's been 25 years since Glenn Hills has won a region title. In fact, the team has only made one playoff appearance in 18 years. But all that could change this season for the Spartans.
That's because the spartans are in a new region that should allow them to be more competitive and win some more ballgames. And with that newfound belief that they can make the playoffs, both players and coaches know just how important each practice can be. Getting ready for that first game Friday night.
"We just got to stay determined on what we need to do to win," says Tolbert. "So right now, things are looking very optimistic but we still got a long way to go. A lot of work to do."
"It's gonna take a lot of leadership from juniors and seniors, everybody," says senior linebacker Lonnie Moore. "Everybody combined as a whole. We gotta take it that way."
The Spartans return a good amount of talent as well. Six starters on offense will help junior Chris Washington who takes over under center. But it is the defense that really should stand out. Eight starters return including all-state end Jericho Brown. Add in an attitude that has this team thinking a region title and there's now wonder this team is feeling playoff pressure already.
"There's a lot of pressure on us. We gotta go somewhere this year," says senior wide receiver Joshua Farmer. "We had the same starters last year. We got the same starters this year so we gotta go somewhere."
"It's great. It's what we work for all summer. It's what we work for all year," says Tolbert. "It's what football is all about. Working a means to an end and we go ahead and go get there and get it done"
The Spartans hope to improve upon last year's 5-5 season starting Friday when they travel to Baldwin.