How does this sound to you? A state championship in 2007, followed by a state runner-up finish in 2008. Not bad huh? That's what it been for the ECIi Bulldogs the past two years. So now, what will 2009 bring?
The Bulldogs are a bit younger this year than in the previous years. They also are without playmakers like tailback Washaun Ealy, who is know a Georgia Bulldog. But losing key seniors is just the way it works in high school, and for this school, it hasn't been too big a problem. They've won their region the past three years and made the playoffs six years in a row. Now, it's just a matter of instilling that winning tradition with the young guys.
"It's good, coming out here, working hard and practicing hard," said senior quarterback Michael Robinson, "and showing the young guys what to do and working hard with everyone. I see some creases and things we need to work on but we're working hard every day to get better and better."
"I'm excited for this group," said head coach Milan Turner. "We're young and it is a process and this is one of those teams that it's going to take time. Day by day, getting better. Week by week, getting better. Hopefully, continue to come together and see some great things happen. So I'm excited to watch that happen."
With Ealy gone, expect Robinson to play a big role on how good the offense will be. The Bulldogs begin the year with two tough road games in Savannah before coming back home in week 3 against Bryan County.