December 6, 2007
Adel -- The clock has yet to strike midnight for the cinderella Cook High Hornets in the state football playoffs.
The Hornets are the only four-seed in the state to make it to the Georgia Dome, and Cook is gaining a reputation as a real giant killer in the state playoffs.
Dublin fans will probably never forget the Hornets upset of the then number-one ranked Irish two years ago, but Cook fell short of the Dome that season.
The secret to their run to the semi-finals this year may be more of the fact first year head coach Jim Scroggins and his staff have better understanding of their team after more than four months of practice.
"The youngsters have really responded to us," says Scroggins. "Each week has been an adventure and we are still in it and that is fun."
Scroggins says his team isn't worried about a lack of experience in the Dome.
"Cook high school kids think they can do anything, and that's probably a good thing," says the coach. "They come running and hitting here, and playing football, and they come with high expectations."
Cook High is back in the Georgia Dome for a third time, and the Hornets face Lovett Saturday at noon in Atlanta.