By Robert Hydrick - bio | email
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Deerfield-Windsor's state championship Tattnall Square is considered the program other GISA AAA football programs measure themselves with eight state titles.The Deerfield-Windsor Knights have had plenty to celebrate in the last three seasons with 36 wins, one state title and the chance to win a second on Friday.Deerfield-Windsor hosts Tattnall Square for the GISA AAA state championship Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Webb Memorial Stadium.
Deerfield-Windsor head coach Allen Lowe has built a program to envy as well with the Knights playing in the state championship for a third straight year.
Head coach Allen Lowe said. "It is a tribute to these kids to get there three years in a row. It just doesn't happen very often."
One reason why it is happening often is the program coach Allen Lowe and his staff have built from the lower school to the high school.
With the players coaching the Junior Knight program, the lower school students are planted with the desire to follow in the footsteps of their heroes.
Senior Rhett Cooper said. "You see guys like coach Lowe was talking about earlier how the younger guys look up to us. Well, we did the same thing.
From the Junior Knight program it is on to the 5th-6th grade team coached by Bubba Ivey.
Then it is middle school where a few years ago Allen Lowe put his father Graham in charge of that team.
Graham Lowe has won four GISA state titles.
Allen Lowe said. "He gets the kids generally speaking we don't lose kids. When they get finished with the 8th grade they plan on playing as 9th graders. He brings a demeanor of loving the game of football and passion for it. So that we when we get them they just take it a few steps further."
Rhett Cooper said. "There is not really a change in coaching style since they are related. Really it is like playing for the same guy. They have the same temperament. You know what to expect with both coaches."
Of course the coaching doesn't stop when the Knights reach the varsity level.
Lowe said. "The coaching staff we have here. I wouldn't give anything for the guys I work with me."
And it is appropriate the state championship game falls on Thanksgiving weekend.
Lowe said. "It is a blessing and we are thankful for what we have been able to put together here. We hope it continues. We want it to continue Friday night and we hope it continues for years to come."
Cooper said. "They set the goal for us the older guys did. It is what is expected at Deerfield to get to the state championships."
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