TIFTON, GA (WALB) - High school football is just around the corner. Coaches from region 1 AAAAA gathered in Tifton Saturday for to address the media on the upcoming season.
The eight coaches preached that winning in region 1 AAAAA is about as challenging as it gets. Despite the challenge all coaches seem to have high expectations.
"The expectations at our school are always high. They were high when I got there. I mean in our community expectations are always gonna be at the top" said Lowndes head coach Randy McPherson.
Lowndes cruised to a region championship last year going unbeaten before falling in the state quarterfinals.
"Little bit disappointed with last year's season, we seem to be real hungry."
The Vikings have a handful of talented players to replace including Georgia player of the year Greg Reid.
"We're gonna miss those guys as well as the rest of the seniors. We've got some kids that have been in the program and I don't know how many games we're gonna win nobody knows that but I'm just looking forward to getting out there and working with those guys and throwing them in the fire and seeing what happens."
In Douglas Ken Eldridge hit the ground running last season. In his first year as head coach he led Coffee to nine wins and the state quarterfinals.
"The kids have worked hard all off season and there's starting to be a little monotony and they're ready to break that and get the pads on and start playing games" said Eldridge.
For a fourth straight season Jay Walls led Tift County to the post season but the Blue Devils haven't made it past the second round since 2006.
"We're working hard and really trying to emphasize to our guys about over achieving. What is their legacy what are they gonna do know that it's their turn" said Walls.
At Valdosta High the Wildcats only won two region games in 2008 but head coach Rick Tomberlin says the Wildcats have plenty to be optimistic about for 2009.
"I think we've got greater depth, I think we're stronger. We've got more returning starters this year than we had last year" said Tomberlin.
2009 marks the second year of the Rush Propst era at Colquitt County. The Packers struggled in region play earning just one win last year but look to be much improved after one year under Propst.
The problem for all eight of these quality teams is that only four will make the postseason.