August 22, 2006
Bainbridge -- The Bainbridge football team has been to the state playoffs each of the past three seasons, and will look to overcome their youth and get back to the postseason in 2006.
Bainbridge coach Greg Guy can sum up his Bearcat team in one word.
"Young," says Guy. "Young. Only four kids coming back with any varsity experience, kind of puts our back against the wall. These young kids have to grow up in a hurry."
Mike Brown says, "Yeah, we're young, but we're ok. As the season develops we're going to be ok."
The senior running back is prepared to take on a big leadership role.
"All the seniors have to take a role keeping the little boys in line and keep everybody straight," says Brown.
Coach Guy says, "Nothing will take the place of experience, and the only way you can get some is to go out there and play. It's kind of a Catch 22."
Guy says the strength of his team right now is their enthusiasm.
"We're undersized, but maybe a little quicker than we have been. We'll see where that carries us."
Brown says the team will have to put together a strong effort to match last seasons success.
"We're going to have to work harder than we did last year because we're pretty young," says Brown. "We're going to have to work harder and do the little things, give it our all, and just get it done."
Coach Guy isn't making any predictions for the upcoming season.
"Oh my gosh, I'd hate to do that. If I was any good at that I'd move to Las Vegas and do that for a living," says Guy. "I think we'll have a chance if we continue to get better every week, don't give up on each other, and the big this is we don't get anybody really hurt."
Bainbridge will scrimmage at Valdosta Friday, and opens the season September first on the road at Early County.