August 3, 2004
Undated - When Mike Singletary became the head coach at Colquitt County four years ago, he installed the Wing-T offense.
Entering his fourth season, Singletary believes the pieces are finally coming together for that system with the return of quarterback Lee Heath, fullback Kelvin Watson and wingback Sherard Reynolds.
Sherard Reynolds said "We are going to try to throw the ball more this year. That is what we are working on."
Singletary believes that offense will be Colquitt County's strength since the Packers defense returns only four starters and none of those four are on the defensive line.
The lack of experience though does not mean their coach believes his defense will keep the Packers out of the playoffs.
Mike Singletary said "In this region you are going to win a lot of game 10-7, 14-10 and that kind of stuff and we are looking for us to have the same kind of defense we traditionally have.
Last winter, point guard Donnell Cullins quarterbacked the Tift County basketball team to the state championship game.
This year, the Blue Devils hope their returning starter at quarterback can lead them to their first winning season in seven years.
Donnell Cullins said "Last year I was kind of nervous when I had to step but this year I think I will do better."
Donnell Cullins is one of only four returning starters on offense along with backs C.J Hille and Emmanuel Nelson.
Tift County does return seven starters on defense including all four lineman and they add linebacker James Pitts who transferred from Berrien High.
Another newcomer to the Tift County lineup will be sophomore receiver Israel Troupe.
Head coach Tommy Seward says his team will be young but he believes his program is close to turning the corner.
Seward said"We feel like if we can turn the corner this year, we have got them coming. We have got the athletes coming all the way down to the seventh grade."
Coffee High coach Bonwell Royal said "I think this is the worst it has ever happened."
While Tift County has talent on the way, Coffee High coach Bonwell Royal is wondering where they went with only one starter back on offense.
Royal said "We got a lot of work just like everybody else we feel like we got a sense of urgency here that we have got to do certain things and we have got to do them fast."
Of course one of the first things Coffee has to do is find a quarterback where this summer the Trojans have one senior, two sophomores and a freshman in competition for the starting job.
Senior offensive lineman A.J. Dovers said "If each person does their own individual job it will come together."
If there is some consolation for coach Royal is that three of the four starters back on defense are linebackers including Devon Edwards.
But even with so many new faces in the starting lineup, coach Royal believes Coffee has a shot at postseason play for a fourth straight year.
Royal said "Sometimes your kids get to thinking that and start working towards that. They see it and know they can attain it but it is going to be tough getting there."
Colquitt County opens the season at home against Meadowcreek and Tift County faces Crisp County at Brodie Field while Coffee High is on the road at Ware County.
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