Friday, August 17, 2012
Allendale, SC -- The redemption tour starts for the Allendale-Fairfax football team after last year ended like a knockout blow.
The Tigers went 8-2, sweeping their way to a region championship, but it didn't last. The state ruled they used an ineligible player, and they forfeited the season's first nine games.
Now, that's in the past, but it's still burning inside the team.
The school has a long tradition, and these players might be the ones to get back to that.
There's plenty of talent, and maybe more importantly at a small school, this group is experienced. Add those two things together, and the Tigers have big plans for 2012.
Head Coach Eddie Ford said, "Last year's behind us, but you know, it's still tingling a little bit in the back of our heads, and we just can't wait. We've been anxious for this year ever since last season ended."
"That's a big motivation," added senior Reshawn Riley. "We were there at the end. Then, all of a sudden, that came along. Then, we just dropped and were like, 'Hey. We've got next year.' So, we'll take it from here."
There's no time like the present to find out what your team's made of. The Tigers take their home field for a Week Zero game against Scott's Branch.
The Eagles have won two of the past four state championships.