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Red Devils, Greenwave and Cougars optimistic about '04

August 15, 2004

Undated-- Last season the Randolph-Clay Red Devils got a taste of the playoffs before losing in the first round, this year they want the whole meal. "We fell a little short there last year. But it kind of motivated our kids to work harder in the off-season, give us something to look forward to this season," Walter Knighton said.

Coach Knighton enters his second season at the helm of the Red Devil program and already he can see a big difference from last year. "To be successful you have to have everyone doing the same thing and everyone having that same mindset. And I think that's a plus that we have this year," Knighton added. "Everyone is just coming together as a team and focusing on what they have to do," senior Eddie Wesley said.

Senior quarterback Carl McDaniel will lead the offense which has four other starters back from a year ago. But Knighton is most impressed with his defense, and the way they've been flying around the ball this preseason. "We don't take anyone for granted, because we don't want anyone to take us for granted. When we step out on the field we're going to come after you, get after you and hit you. So we feel comfortable with that," Knighton said.

After an 0 and 10 season in 2003, the Terrell County Greenwave are looking at their move to Region 2-A as a fresh start. "They've all worked hard since spring, and we're excited about what this season has to offer and how competitive we can be with this region," Terrell County coach Vincent Huff said.

Linebacker Corey Williams anchors the defense while four year starter Randall Cody is a leader everywhere he lines up. But what has stood out the most in coach Huff's opinion is the Greenwave's work ethic this summer. "With the work ethic and the discipline and the dedication that these kids have shown, we're looking forward to winning some games this year," Huff added.

Calhoun County may have only managed three wins in 2003, but head coach John Williams is excited about the Cougars potential this year. Williams says although the Cougars are very young, with just three seniors on the roster, mentally this team is very mature.

"With a young team you have to early on keep them motivated and that's one of the things we've been concentrating on. We're trying to keep them motivated and not to get down when something negative happens. Just keep plugging away and hopefully, we just hope for the best," Williams said.

Posted at 1:30am by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com