PELHAM, GA (WALB) - Friday night the Hornets took the field for midnight madness in their first full-contact practice of the season.
Dondrial Pinkins is the program's new leader. He is a former coach at Mitchell-baker and took them to the playoffs in 2010 and 2011.
Since then he has made his rounds in Southwest Georgia.
Now the leader of a team that has not seen much success. He has plans to revitalize the football team.
"I've heard some things about Pelham, said Pinkins. "People said I probably shouldn't have taken the job. It was a dead end, but just coming in looking at the kids, they've been working since day one, since I got here. And you can see the mindsets starting to change. you can see them improving every day and we're looking for great things this year."
Part of the mindset change is the players buying into Pinkins' system. He plans to run an elusive offensive attack.
"We'll spread it out a little bit and try to put us in situations to be successful, said the former Valdosta assistant. "Trying to put the ball in our talented guys' hands and try to do some things on offense that's going to benefit us, and spreading guys out trying to take guys out of the box on defense. And hopefully open some things up and slow down the blitz."
The Pelham Hornets will kickoff their season at Bainbridge on August 20th.