Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Swainsboro, GA -- There wasn't a team in the CSRA in 2011 that surprised more than Swainsboro.
The Tigers were coming off an undefeated regular season a year before and had big plans. Then, the Tigers started 0-4 and never recovered, finishing with just three wins.
A year later, things could go one of two ways.
They could continue the rough stretch or come together and turn it back around.
Judging by the response this summer, the Tigers aren't going down without a fight.
Senior Jemerico Bell said, "This year we've become closer. It's more like a brotherhood than it was last year. We keep each other up. We've got to keep each other motivated, and that's what a good team needs."
Head Coach David Johnson added, "Part of our message all offseason long to this team has been, 'Let's don't let that happen again. Let's make sure that we work so hard from January to August that that does not happen."
In order to turn things around, Swainsboro will need to fight through an extremely tough schedule.
Eight of the Tigers' ten opponents were playoff teams a year ago, but don't think they're going to back down.
Senior Ben Porter said, "I say this in front of God and everybody. I fear no one when I step on the field. We fear no one when we step on the field. You may beat us, but I promise you no one will work harder than the Swainsboro Tigers, no one has worked harder than the Swainsboro Tigers football team and no one will work harder than the Swainsboro Tigers football team. That's a promise, and we're going to keep that."
The Tigers have a large group of talented offensive players led by Georgia commit Rico Johnson.