It is now year three of football at Grovetown. Last year the Warriors played in a region for the first time and held their own. This year, they're thinking playoffs. Can they get there; no reason to think they can't.
They may have taken a pretty good hit in leadership with the loss of Xavier Crain and DJ Tyson, but others have stepped up their game. Rodney Holder is head coach and is very happy with the number of kids playing and how those returning are getting the job done more than ever. But with guys like Jamal Cummings, Terrell Hughes and three senior linemen, this is one confident group of young men.
"We have Jamal (Cummings) back, and a young kid named Terrell Hughes too so we feel pretty good about that," says Coach Rodney Holder. "You know our depth in our O-Line and D-Line is better because of our age and maturity, and you know hopefully early on that will help out our quarterbacks and get them to where they need to be."
"We have three senior linemen this year, and we've pretty much had the same offensive line for the past three years," adds Steven Holden.
One bug-a-boo they need to improve on is finishing games. They played in a handful of close games and came up short in three of them. Conditioning and learning how to finish off games has been a big point of emphasis here in the early going.
"All we've been focusing on is the fourth quarter and finishing and going hard. Don't give up, don't bend over, don't stop, just go hard every play," says Damon Stinger.
"We wanted to compete, and we felt at times we did pretty good," adds coach Holder. "We have to be better this year. Our region is going to be tougher this year top to bottom."
Grovetown has to ramp things up rather quickly as well seeing they play in 13 days against Greenbrier. Coach Holden doesn't mind the early start seeing it can help in the long run in finishing off those games.