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Experienced Cougar defense looks to improve

August 11, 2003

Cordele- Crisp County is expecting to score plenty of points this season but the focus for the Cougars in the offseason has been preventing their defense from giving up alot of points.

Crisp County returns 21 seniors who have made two straight trips to the state playoffs. Most of those seniors will line up on a defense that has eight starters back.

 However, that group gave up on average 22 points a game last season which is why the Crisp County coaching staff is making some changes to the Cougar's defensive scheme.

 Coach Clay Hill said "we play alot wing and veer teams and we are trying to beef up the box more with some schemes and try to do a little better job of teaching technique as opposed to running up the field."

Senior linebacker William Montford said "We just know each other so well. We have been playing with each other for so long. Alot of us have been starters since 10th grade year and hopefully we will have alot of leaders on defense."

 The Cougars figure to give opposing defensive coordinators alot of sleepless nights.

Crisp County returns quarterback Joe Joe Brown who can beat you with his arm and his feet.

While the offensive line must be rebuilt, Brown should have plenty of help on the skill positions with running back Jay Jones and slotback Ira Coley.

 Quarterback Joe Joe Brown said "Oh yeah, it opens up alot of passing lanes when you run the football a little bit."

Coach Hill said "Joe Joe is a really fine player but the success of him depends on the surrouding cast as always but we just believe that we have got some skill players that are really good."

Crisp County knows they are going to have play well on both sides of the football if they want to earn one of the four playoff berths in what should be a very competitive region.

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