Washington County Following Coach's Lead

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

Tuesday, September 30, 2008.

Young, talented and energetic. That's not only the way to describe the Washington County football team but also their head coach Joel Ingram. And it's that energy and attitude that rubs right off to his players.

"Yeah, he's a fun guy to be around," said senior Keith Swint. "He's a fun coach and I love him for that. And he's a hardworking guy so that pushes us to work hard too."

Coach Ingram is just one of the many reasons this Washington county team is a perfect 5-0 right now. Their offense has scored 40 points or more in 4 games. And the defense led by Georgia Tech commit Brandon Watts has given up just 12 points so far. Not bad for a team that had just 4 wins last season.

"Last year's struggles, they just made us stronger," said Ingram. "I think it's made us hungry again. You know at Washington County, we've always had a proud tradition and our kids want to defend that.

And just like thier head coach, this Golden Hawk squad is young. So sticking to the fundamentals has been the key to victory.

"Lot of hard work and commitment. Everybody is doing their part," said Watts. "We've played some pretty good teams and were fortunate to come out on top. Just looking to keep it up."

And next up for WaCo is a tussle with region foe Thomson and legendary coach Luther Welsh who has been coaching longer than Coach Ingram has been alive.

"I've told him before, he's like wine. He gets better with age," said Ingram. "I've coached against Coach Welsh now for three years and I've aged in dog years because I've been taken out to the wood shed a couple times and you learn"

The Golden Hawks and Bulldogs will battle Friday, October 10th in Thomson.

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