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Eagles await payday

August 21, 2003

Dougherty Co.--All it takes is one. One win and the Sherwood Christian Academy Eagles will finally see all the hard work they've put in on the practice field pay off.

 "At some point in time, when you're building a program, a football program or anything that's building sooner or later there needs to be payday. Certainly we need payday, we're hungry for payday, these kids are hungry for payday," head coach Jimmy Fields said.

In Fields first season last year the Eagles never experienced that winning feeling, but somehow instead of participation declining, it did the opposite...it doubled.

"You'd like to try to take credit, but I can't take credit for that. There are great kids here at Sherwood. They're just waiting for someone to believe in them and to stick with them," Fields added.

"He's brought an extra enthusiasm and the tempo of practice is raised. He's really raised the bar here at Sherwood," senior Brent Shearer said.

And it's players like Brent Shearer and fellow senior Jesse Thompson that Fields will rely on this year to help set the tone on the defensive side of the ball. "They generate a lot of enthusiasm running to the ball and that's what we need," Fields said.

 Senior running back Bradley Rucker should get most of the carries this year, but who he'll take the hand-offs from is still up in the air. Junior Josh Brazier and freshman Jason Townsend are in a competitive battle for the quarterbacking duties.

 "We're building this team around defense first and then kind of letting the offense build itself as it goes and trying to develop some consistency there," Fields said.

And then hopefully when that happens the Eagles will finally be able to cash in on payday.

Posted by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com