Washington County's home stadium has been dubbed the "House of Pain". An appropriate nickname for a team that usually brings it on every single down. With most starters back, a trip to Sandersville could be painful for more then just a few opponents.
You see, the Golden Hawks also have something to the prove this year. A season ag,o they won seven straight to start the year but stumbled down the stretch. Coach Joel Ingram admitted they peaked too early. But they have a distinct gameplan to not let that happen this time around.
"I think sometimes, people get caught up with wanting to win a state championship or a region championship," said Ingram. "I think the goal is not to lose focus won what we want to do but we gotta do to get there, and I'm talking about the in-between stuff."
The team did lose a couple of big time players in LB Brandon Watts and RB Keith Swint, but do return playmakers RB Montavious Gladden and QB Markiest Wwarthen. Gladden racked up 900 yards rushing last year and Warthen can do it with both his arms and legs. Both are extremely happy the offensive linel pretty much returns intact.
"I have a great relationship with my offensive line," said Warthen. "I can go out to eat with them, pick them up, and make jokes or I can snap on them and fuss at them all the time. But they come out here and work and that's what I like. They're young and they're going to be successful next year and that will definitely help them out next year too."
Washington County has been battling the injury bug the last few weeks so it's been tough to have everyone on the field at the same time. Coach Ingram though knows it'll develop depth and pay off in the long run in one of the toughest regions around.