It was an average year for Swainsboro football last year. 5 wins and 5 losses and no playoff berth. But it could have been much better, considering they lost 3 games by a combined 6 points.
That's why this year, 2nd year head coach Scott Roberts is preaching one thing: consistency. The hope is that if the tigers play all four quarters, they'll win those close games. The offense returns a playmaking quarterback in Malcolm Eady, who should put up big numbers once again this year. But this team isn't about just one guy. It's about all of them, coming together every game, ready to go.
"Every game is a battle," said senior Hunter Gay. "Every game, something is on the line. It's just important to be ready."
"It's always going to be, anytime we line up, that we are playing for state championships," said Roberts. "And I told them that if that wasn't the expectation here, I wouldn't have come here. So every time we line up, that's our goal. But we've got to take care of this region first."
Yeah, that region is a tough one with the likes of Laney, Jefferson County and Dublin. And with 11 teams, every game is a region game for Swainsboro. In fact, coach Roberts called it the SEC of high school football. The tigers start the year at home with Bleckley County.