Wednesday August 25, 2010
Swainsboro, Ga--It was one of the more interesting off season coaching moves in the high school ranks. Swainsboro posted a 10 and 2 mark but some other issues led to a change at the top. Now the Tiger program is in the hands of long time assistant David Johnson.
While things have changed, they've also stayed the same. The players are use to Johnson seeing he'd been an assistant for eight years before getting the reigns to run the team. On the field, expect the winning tradition to continue, but with a new offense,namely the "Wing T". Mr. Everything Malcolm Eady is gone from the quarterback slot and Linquez Blair takes over.
"Well I don't think you replace him" said Swainsboro coach David Johnson "I just think you just have to decide what you want to do on the offensive side of the ball, you just have to pick up and get it installed and go with it. You know a guy like Malcolm is almost impossible to replace, he was a great player."
Now Blair readily admits he'd rather be wide receiver but will do whatever it takes to lead the team. That leadership is big seeing Swainsboro has a number of seniors ready to step in and make sure they don't lose a beat.
"On a scale of 1 to 10 we're probably like a 7 or 8" said senior Linquez Blair "We just need to do better vocally and be good leaders and just stay hard on each other and be humble"
"Seniors stand on younger kids and keeping everybody's heads up" said Eric Worthen "Encourage them to do better. It's the kind of leadership we should have."
Right now the players feel the offense is ahead of the defense, which will also be new. But what shouldn't be, the winning tradition Swainsboro has.