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Tuesday August 5, 2008
Augusta, Ga--They are one of the most storied high school programs around, the Academy of Richmond County. As of late, the program has fallen on some hard times. Don't expect them to last.
The tee shirts pretty much say it all for the Musketeers. This year's version plans to restore some of the glory lost. First and foremost, they have a different attitude, a more can do attitude. Then you have plenty of experience, a lot of starters are back including all the skill positions. They've suffered through some lean years but ask them and they'll tell you, thats going to change.
"Everyone says Richmond can do it this year and we're just talking and we have to fullfill, we have to just step up to the occassion." said junior Jarrad Quarles
"We're very optomistic going into the season" said head coach Chris Hughes "Last year we wanted to be competitive. In the region we were competiting in, we just wanted to be competitive in. Some games we were, some games we weren't, but this year it comes down to wins and losses."
Another huge change is the region they'll play in. Gone are the likes of Ware County, Statesboro and Brunswick. In are all the county teams, Cross Creek, Josey, Butler and the like. They even start off with a natural rival.
"This year it is, because our first game of the year is a rival game, we play Westside so this year it is key to start off good." said senior Brandon Vereen
"They worked hard this summer and the skill guys in the passing leagues and stuff like that worked really hard and competited. We competited with everybody in the area and we were just as competitive as they were so we feel good about it." added Coach Hughes
Besides the skill kids, they have one of the best weapons in the area, kicker Eric Osteen. You might remember this 57 yard field goal a year ago. Don't expect a winless season this time around.