July 29, 2007
Valdosta -- The Valdosta high school football team did not have the type of success it's used to last year, going 1-9 for the first time in school history. But it's not like the Wildcats were getting blown out.
For six straight games in the middle of the season, Valdosta lost by no more than four points.
Rick Tomberlin is now heading into his second year with the Wildcats, and is looking to turn those close loses into wins.
Returning 10 of 11 starters on defense should be a big help this season, and the Cats will start practice at full throttle this week.
A 12-million dollar renovation at the school will keep the team from holding overnight camp, but Tomberlin says his players will still be getting plenty of coaching.
"Starting Wednesday we'll have three practices, Thursday we'll have three practices, and we'll have one on Friday," says Tomberlin. "So we're not staying overnight. We'll send them home at night. But we'll have them from seven in the morning to seven at night."
Valdosta has a voluntary mini-camp Monday, followed by the first day of practice Wednesday morning, bright and early at 7:00am.