MArch 14, 2008
Quitman -- The Brooks County football team has a new head coach, bringing back former coach and player Maurice Freeman to lead the Trojans.
Freeman first coached his alma mater in 1994, winning a state championship with players like Marcus Stroud and Chris Cole.
The Trojans reached the semifinals twice in his four years, before the her moved on to coach at Southwest Macon, and then Brunswick high school.
Freeman went to the postseason four times in six years with the Pirates, but the 1983 graduate of Brooks County says when the Trojans came calling, he was ready to listen.
"It was a pretty decent situation," says Freeman. "I was happy there. We had a new field house. We were winning, getting to the playoffs every year, winning the city championship every year. It was very productive for me, I was satisfied, but this is home. When you compare the two, home is going to win out every time."
The Brooks County football team suffered its first losing record in six years last season, and Freeman says he's looking forward to restoring the glory in his hometown.
"That's special man, that is special," says Freeman. "As a youngster, teachers always talked to you about coming back to your community and doing some big things, and I think I was able to do that. Now I'm coming back again, and I can retire here, and pass that torch on to someone else, and that's what I'm interested in doing."
Brooks County finished 3-7 last season.