August 27, 2002
When the Mitchell-Baker Eagles say they are starting from scratch, they mean it. A new coach, new uniforms, and most important of all new attitudes. "We came in during the spring and told them the attitude is going to change. The coaches' attitude is going to change, and so the players attitude's going to have to change. So we're just trying to build an inner structure with an attitude change and not only just here over there in the main building, but in the classroom too," Mitchell-Baker head coach Elliott Walker said.
First year head coach Elliot Walker comes to Camilla from Apalachee High School, where he served as defensive coordinator the past two seasons. Walker inherits a program that is not only down in morale, but also wins. The Eagles went 0-10 last year, but the players can already sense a change. Senior wide receiver B.J. Jones said, "I really believe there's a big change because now we've got a nice coaching staff, they expect things out of us. And they really look forward to us going all the way this year."
The Pelham Hornets on the other hand hope nothing changes. The Hornets are coming off an 8-4 season that included a region title and trip to the second round of the playoffs. Head coach Price Jones said, "We want to go further(than last year), and these guys worked extremely hard this summer. The community is definitely behind us and we want to try and prove that we are better than we were last year."
And coach Jones will have 16 seniors, his largest class ever, to look to keep the ball rolling. Senior defensive lineman Terrence Almond said, "(We're)Taking it one step at a time. And if we take it one step at a time, I don't see nobody stopping us." The Mitchell-Baker Eagles visit the Hornets Nest Friday night at 8 o'clock.
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