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Bearcats look to return to playoffs

August 9, 2003

Bainbridge-Bainbridge High achieved their goal of playing an 11th game last season which meant they made it to the state playoffs. An accomplishment that has opened some eyes on the Bearcat team in their bid to make it back to the postseason this year. 

But the Bearcats learned the only thing better than making the state playoffs is getting to play at home in the state playoffs.

Head coach Greg Guy said "One thing you know you want to do is you want to finish first or second in the region because you do not want to have to go to Atlanta where it is 37 degrees on a Friday night."

In his third season, Greg Guy says the Bearcats have some holes to fill but they do return running back Lawrence Akins who has been a starter since he was a freshman.

The good news for Akins is that most of his offensive line is also back.

Offensive lineman Damion Hamilton said "If we give him the hole, he will make the score. He is just depending on us to make the hole and he will get there."

Akins is not the only weapon as wide receiver Phillip Gamble is hearing from the college recruiters while quarterback Pat Riley, who made his first start in last year's playoff game, is ready to be the man under center this season.

The defense returns just four starters but defensive end Josh Mitchell believes the unit will be ready.

 Defensive end Josh Mitchell said "Alot of seniors, alot of leadership coming back so we should be pretty good this year."

Returning to the playoffs in a region that will have six playoff caliber teams will not be easy this season..

 That is why Coach Guy says the biggest key for his Bearcats is to eliminate the mistakes that have cost them the last two years.

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