August 5, 2004
Undated- Thomas County Central head coach Ed Pilcher has had his share of rebuilding seasons but this year he is faced with challenge of replacing seven starters on offense and eight more on defense.
Pilcher said "Hopefully they will step up and accept the challenge like they have in the past and do some good things.
One player who showed some promise in a few spot starts last year was running back Phillip Prather.
Phillip Prather said "Last year was built around a lot of heart and you know what I am saying, we just have to find that in all our players right now."
Despite the losses of so many good players, coach Pilcher is optimistic about the season based on the hard work and attitude of his players.
Coach Pilcher "What does that mean in wins and losses, I don't know but I still feel good about them."
Region champion Ware County will looking to throw the football more this season with wideouts Xabo Thomas and Cedric Jones giving the Gators their best pair of receivers since Fred Gibson and Ismael Williams.
The job of throwing to the football to those receivers belongs to senior Henry Chubb.
Chubb, who has been a starter in the secondary, started at quarterback for a couple of games his freshman season until he suffered a concussion.
Ragle said "He has made the transition back to quarterback and has looked really good this summer.
Ware County returns six starters on offense and five on defense but did lose three starters on the offensive and defensive line
s. Coach Ragle believes that the Gators have enough depth in the trenches to replace those losses as they try to defend their title in what will be an even tougher region.
Ragle said "I know all the coaches in our league feel like that the teams in our league make the state playoffs we like any one may have a chance to win a state championship."
If the Bainbridge Bearcats are going to make it three straight trips they are going to rely on the play and leadership of senior quarterback Patrick Riley.
Bainbridge coach Greg Guy said "He was voted the team captain. He is a good kid and he comes to work every day with his hard hat on."
Riley's supporting cast will be different with the graduation of running back Phillip Gamble.
This season it will be fullback Rashard Close and sophomore tailback Mike Brown leading the Bearcat ground game.
While Bainbridge has six starters back on offense, the Bearcats have just two back on defense.
But coach Greg Guy says the news about the defense is not as bad as it sounds.
Coach Guy said "That is a good young class that is coming up and they are fast of course they could be fast in the wrong direction too you know but they are exciting and they are fun to work with and they will get better as the season goes on."
Bainbridge will open the season at home against Southwest Macon on August 20th and Ware County hosts Coffee in a big rival game and Thomas County Central faces rival Thomasville.
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