AUGUSTA---"It's been a lot of fun, it's been hard work, but at the same time, I'm just trying to work my way through it," says new Laney head coach, Lemuel Lackey. " Learn as much as I can, as fast as I can so we can move forward."
There is a new head coach at Laney but not much has changed. Lemual Lackey helped build the program in place now and has been given a chance to run it.
Over the past ten seasons, the Wildcats have developed into one of the best teams and football programs in Georgia class AA. Much of that credit goes to Eric Parker, who left to coach at Burke County, but coach Lackey has been there from the beginning. Since 2000, Laney has averaged nine wins a season and been to playoffs each year. The Wildcats lost some key starters from last season's eight win campaign but finding players to step up shouldn't be a problem.
Junior running back Eugene Moore says, "Like they always tell us, the players before us built this Laney tradition and to be a good player you got to do it yourself. You gotta make a name for yourself."
Adds Senior tackle Theodore McNeal, "We have fun everyday. That's what we try to keep in mind. Have fun everyday, keep pride in your mind. Work as hard as you can because you gotta work harder than anybody else that's in Augusta or our region. You gotta outwork everybody and everybody likes that kind of attitude."
With team leaders like that, coach Lackey's first year as head coach should be a breeze. The Wildcats open August 31st when they host Butler.