HEPHZIBAH, Ga---A 1-9 season does not lend itself to cheering but the rebel yell at Hephzibah has gotten a little louder recently with the promise of good things to come.
Hephzibah ran into four shutouts in their nine losses last season and give every impression that they don't plan to go through that again. Third year coach John Bowen feels that even though his team is young, he finally has the leaders in place to build a winner. The rebels will likely start only four seniors this season, yet they return six or seven starters on both sides of the ball. That's what happens when a young team has to grown up fast. This group may be young, but they're disciplined and have a desire that's hard to come by.
Sophomore Bobby Liggins says, "I'm looking forward to a good season because there's no cussing in the locker room, no fighting in the locker room, none of that. We all get along and we're gonna get it done on the field and do right."
Coach Bowen says, "They just want it. They come to work. After practice there's a group of about fifteen of them running extra sprints on their own like they can't get enough hard work. We've just had great turnout all Summer."
The rebels will be trying to make it back to the postseason for the first time since 2001. They open on the 31st at Cross Creek.