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Indians, Bobcats and Eagles look to rebuild in '04

August 9, 2004

Undated-- It's too bad Scott Horton doesn't have a background in construction, because the Albany High head coach has a major rebuilding project on his hands.

"We're going to make a lot of mental, young mistakes but hopefully as the year goes on we'll get better," Horton said.

The Indians return a total of four starters off of last year's squad, but the main concern for coach Horton is the fact that his lineman will have to play both ways this year, something he's only done with his skill players in the past.

"We're just going to stick them in there and they're going to have to get in shape and play," Horton added.

In Blakely, the Early County Bobcats may have gradutated a talented linebacker in Octavious Balkcom, but head coach Trey Woolf believes senior Dan Foster can be just as good if not better than the Auburn signee.

"He's played for us for three years, he got hurt last year but he's back to full speed. We're looking for a lot out of him, hopefully he'll keep us kind of glued together over there," Woolf said.

And while Foster anchors the defense, the Bobcats are still looking for that go-to guy on offense with just two starters returning.

"We're going to be patient with them because they're so inexperienced and just hopefully get better as the year goes on," Woolf added.

Elliott Walker hopes his third year is the charm in Camilla after a 9 and 3 season and trip to the second round of the playoffs in 2003.

"It's one of those deals that when I first came in I wanted to get a program going where it don't take much to run it but the guys work hard and that's the tradition," Walker said.

 Walker will look to seniors Tramayel Jones and Quentin Freeman to shoulder the load offensively, but on the flip side of the ball the Eagles will need to grow up fast.

"We got to do a lot of fundamental work, and that's what we're doing and trying to keep it on the rail that we got going," Walker said.

Posted at 11:44pm by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com

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