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New year, same goal

July 21, 2003

Albany, Ga.--Today marked the first official day of football practice for high school teams across Georgia. For many schools, the first week is dedicated to conditioning and non contact drills, since teams are not allowed to put on the pads for another week.

|Here in Albany, the Deerfield-Windsor Knights hit the practice field for the first time as a team since winning the GISA triple-A crown back in November. Head Coach Allen Lowe and his staff face a major rebuilding project this season after losing 18 seniors off of that championship team, including ten starters on offense and nine on defense. Coach Lowe says that despite losing so many key players, the bar has been set high and the goal is still the same.

"We were very fortunate to finally have a year where we walked off happy on the last game, because only one team gets to do it. And this year there's going to be one team that gets to walk off happy at the end, and we're going to still try and be that one," Lowe said.

"There were great seniors leading the way last year, and we all learned a lot from them the seniors from this year did, and we're just going to try to follow in their footsteps," senior linebacker Wyatt Mitchell said.

Deerfield-Windsor opens up the 2003 season a month from Tuesday against Brookwood. They will spend all of next week in team camp at Georgia Southwestern University in Americus.

Posted by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com

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