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Warriors, Valiants have holes to fill this season

August 19, 2004

 Undated - The Brookwood Warriors didn't just lose eight seniors from last year's football team.

They lost seven athletes who will be playing sports at the collegiate level this coming academic year.

The talent though is not all gone for a Brookwood team that has six starters back on offense and five on defense.

 The Warriors return several all-region performers including Tyler Alexander.

Alexander was a receiver last year but will see plenty of time at running back this year.

Brookwood will find out just how good they are when they open the season at home against Flint River.

Head coach Shane Boggs said "Preseason favorite to win their region, very sound. They execute well - big, strong kids - they run the split veer so certainly a sound opponent and it will be a good challenge for us."

 Valwood head coach Mike Patrick has plenty of holes to fill but the probelm for the Valiants is they don't have alot of depth.

The Valiants have to replace seven starters on offense and defense and have only 20 players on their roster.

Coach Patrick though says those 20 players have worked hard in the off-season conditioning program and are ready for the extensive playing time.

Valwood may be low in quantity but they do have some quality football players like all-region tight end Harley Langdale, center/linebacker Brandon Bradford and fullback/linebacker John Miller.

Patrick said "I haven't seen where anybody has picked us to finish very high. We are just hoping our kids will gel and we think they have. And if we can avoid some injuries, we think we can have a successful year for us."

Valwood will open their season at home against Randolph Southern on Friday.

posted at 9:30pm by roberth@walb.com