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Region 1-A has same faces in new places

August 11, 2004

Undated-- Alan Ingram still isn't sure how to react when he sees 'head coach' next to his name. "A big adjustment. You know, trying to tell somebody what to do instead of being told," Ingram said.

The longtime Miller County assistant is back home in Donalsonville to take over a Seminole County program in what will be his first head coaching job.

"Thirty three years of coaching and my wife told me that I was crazy as the devil and I told her one more challenge, you know a coach has always got to have that challenge," Ingram added.

And what a challenge it will be. The Indians return just two starters on offense and two on defense from a team that went 3 and 8 a year ago. "I am just tickled to death with the kids right now. We've addressed a lot of problems and they're really coming around."

With Ingram's former team, Miller County, moving over to region one..the heated rivalry between the two schools gets a whole lot more interesting. "I told him (Alan) that before the game we'll hug and after the game we'll hug, but one of us is not going to feel too good that's for sure," McNease said.

The Pirates are very similar to the Indians in that they don't have a whole lot of experience returning with just three starters coming back on each side of the ball. "It's the first time in few years that we haven't really had a super skill person, but we've got a lot of team unity," McNease added.

Over in Pelham, Phillip Richards is back walking the sidelines only this time as the head coach. "I had an opportunity to go to Moultrie last year with coach (Mike) Singletary over there and couldn't pass it up being a 5-A job, and the job opened up over here and we just felt like it was meant to be," Richards said.

Richards is implementing the wishbone offense this fall and he's got three talented athletes in quarterback Dustin Thompson, halfback Shawn Atkins and fullback Jeremy Smith to help the transition move smoothly.

"We've tried to scale it down to the plays we feel like we can execute and fit our personnel well," Richards added. "Even though it's a new offense, we know him (coach Richards) we know him well and we're willing to work hard for him," Thompson said. Which is all Richards is asking for.

Posted at 11:50pm by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com

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