August 14, 2005
Moultrie - New Colquitt County coach Tim Cokely does not have a lot of returning starters but he believes his Packers are ready to have a big year in his first season in Moultrie.
Some first year coaches tell their fans it will take time to turn a football program around.
Colquitt County head coach Tim Cokely is not one of them.
Cokely said "We expect to win now. Our kids have worked hard enough and put in the time and have done the things you need to in the offseason to be successful."
One thing that can help you be successful right away is an experienced quarterback which is what the Packers have been senior Sam Heath.
Cokely said "That is one of the luxuries of coming in with a quarterback that experience. It just gives us an opportunity to expand on what he has already learned. Not just as far as playing the game but his leadership and the direction we want the team to go attitude-wise."
The Packers also return their leading rusher from last year in Orion Ponder but Cokely says his plan is to get the football into the hands of as many skill players as possible.
The defense will be young as the Packers count on the only two returning starters Josh Brown and Bart Sims for leadership.
Tim Cokely does expect to win right away at Colquitt County.
He also knows what lies ahead in region 1-AAAAA.
Cokely said "Come region play I know we better be playing our best football because we open region play with the number two team in the nation and that is a big honor in Lowndes High School. I think we will be ready."
Colquitt County is ready to open the Tim Cokely era this Friday at Mack Tharpe Stadium against Meadowcreek High School.