Wednesday Aug. 26, 2009
Gibson, GA--It was a dream season for Glascock County a year ago. A school record eight wins and just two losses. For one of the smallest public schools in the state, to duplicate that will take a lot of hard work and probably a little luck along the way.
That's because the Panthers lost a dozen seniors. Well, you say that's not a lot, consider this, Glascock County only has 120 kids or so in school. They do have four starters back on offense and six on defense so the cupboard isn't totally bare. It might be the "d" that will be the key to postings wins this time around.
"They key to the season is the offensive and defensive line. If we get them going then we'll have a good year. But we have to get them going in a hurry because we're so young up there." said coach Chris Kelly
Winning all those games a year ago did help in one category, confidence. Sometimes that can be overlooked with kids. If they believe they can do something, there's a good chance they'll put forth the effort.
"Everybody is pretty hyped up, everybody believes we can do it. We just have to continue to work hard at practice and it will all pay off." said senior Zakk Smallwood
"Last year we had a great offense and we're trying to get back to that but we're very young and we just keep trying to build and get better." added coach Kelly
With only two seniors on the team, wining won't be easy for Glascock. But as coach Kelly says the program has already come a long ways in the last few years and continues to be a work in progress as they try to build a winning tradition.