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Rams believe in Brantley

August 19, 2003

Sylvester, Ga.-- Bigger, faster and stronger than a year ago, the Worth County Rams are ready to make some noise in region 1-AAA this season.

 "We've had a great off-season, coming in and lifting at 6 o'clock in the morning. We had about 95 percent participation in that. The kids are ready to go and they're hungry for some football and it's here," head coach Harold Brantley said.

 Although his team went just 3 and 8 last season, Brantley says a trip to the playoffs and a year to get used to his coaching style has the Rams pointed in the right direction. "We're looking for some sound hard-nosed football, a little south Georgia football. We're not going to try and throw it over everybody's head every play, but they better get ready because we're coming," Brantley added.

 Senior quarterback Chris Marshall will lead the offense that also looks for big things from fullback Bernard Hope. "I think when we got put out in the playoffs, it made us work harder in the off-season. We've been lifting hard, running hard, working hard every day," Marshall said.

Junior Ricky Hope is a load up front on the defensive line, that should make opponents think twice before running his way. But Brantley believes the Rams will have already won their biggest battle well before they kick off the season on September the 5th against Dougherty.

Believing.

"Yeah I see it because they're believing in it. It's way too early to talk about going to the playoffs, but it's mentioned some, because they believe now that they can get back there."

Posted by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com