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January 28, 2014

Jon Lindsey hired as Cook football coach


VALDOSTA — “It worked here, and I think the same thing will work at Cook and we'll build it to the next level.”

That success at Irwin was definitely part of the attraction of bringing Lindsey to Adel.

“He has a strong work ethic and strong morals,” Cook principal Keith Croft said. “We just feel like he's a good fit right now.

“He's done a great job at Irwin County and had great success there the past few years he's been there. We just feel like he's going to be a good fit for us here at this time.”

The former Camden County defensive coordinator, who was on the Wildcats' staff during state championship runs in 2008 and 2009, built his turnaround at Irwin with a powerful Wing-T ground attack. Lindsey said he is still in the process of watching film and evaluating his new players, and that the Hornets will find a way to get to the ball to their playmakers out of that offense.

“We'll run a version,” he added. “Here I had some really good running backs and we handed them the ball. At Cook, I've already noticed I've got some pretty good receivers, so we'll find a way to get them the football.

“If you can mix a good Wing-T run game with a good passing game, it's really hard to beat. We'll take our strengths and make them stronger and try to improve our weaknesses, too.”

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