August 27, 2002
In just two years at Fitzgerald High School Robbie Pruitt has built quite an impressive resume, with 25 wins and two region titles. "Just because we won it two years in a row, this is a whole different year and that's what we're trying to drive home to our kids," said Pruitt.
And in fact his resume was the subject of off season rumors. Pruitt was being considered for the head coaching job at Lowndes High, before he pulled his name from the list of candidates. "A lot of that happened before spring football, and we were able to get through spring football and it wasn't that much of a distraction," Pruitt added.
Distraction or not, Pruitt is completely focused on a run at a third straight region title. And like the previous two years, the Purple Hurricanes boast an explosive backfield with all state senior running back Kevious Johnson, who rushed for 1,005 yards in 2001, and Pruitt's son Tucker a 1,000 yard passer a year ago. Pruitt said, "We feel pretty good about our backfield, like I said we just got to get our line coming around." Senior running back Kevious Johnson said, "We're just working hard out here, getting prepared trying to have a good season. (We want to) Make it to the playoffs and get to the state championship game."
Four starters return on the 'Canes defense, which is solid up front with sophomore Rodney Milsap plugging up the middle. Pruitt said, "He's got a lot of ability and he's been getting better and working hard so we're looking for big things from him."
And so the quest for another region title in Fitzgerald has begun. And if the Purple Hurricanes do get the three-peat it will be just something else Pruitt can add to what is an already impressive resume.