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July 29, 2013

South Georgia Football Media Day

VALDOSTA —  Fans and media gathered into the Holiday Inn business center Saturday morning for the 3rd Annual Huddle Up for Health to hear the region’s coaches discuss their respective team’s upcoming season.

The event, coordinated by “In The Game” magazine, South Georgia Medical Center, and Mediacom, hosted various coaches from teams such as: Valdosta, Clinch County, Berrien, Valwood School, Cook County, Colquitt County, Thomas County Central, Camden County, Lowndes, Thomasville, and Brooks County.

All the coaches sat in front of the room and spoke one-by-one about their team’s offseason progress and what the 2013 season holds for the program.

The one common theme among each coach in attendance was the support they showed for Brooks County head coach Maurice Freeman.

Three Brooks County players were killed in a car accident on July 9 and another was seriously injured. Jicarre Watkins, Shawn Waters, and Johnie Parker lost their lives in the accident; De’Vron Whitfield was lifeflighted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, but has since recovered.

Each coach also discussed how fierce the competition is at every level of Georgia high school football.

Colquitt County head coach Rush Propst summed it up best, “Georgia high school football is as good as anywhere else.”

Clinch County

Coming off their first losing season since 1985, Clinch County head coach Jim Dickerson began his turn at the microphone very lightheartedly.

Dickerson admitted to the team experiencing some growing pains the past few seasons, unfortunately for fans, Dickerson expected the rebulding cycle to last one more season.

With a strong junior varsity and middle school team, Dickerson is hoping that next season is when wins will begin to become more frequent.

Clinch went 4-6 last season; Dickerson cited a few of the reasons for that record as an inexperienced team and a tough schedule, in region and out. Those obstacles don’t look to be any different this season.

Clinch had to face Brooks County as well as class A champion Eagles Landing Christian Academy in non-region games last season, and will face both of those teams once again.

Coach Dickerson explained that the Panthers had two underclassmen being scouted as Division I prospects, but lamented the fact they weren’t on a depleated offensive line.

Dickerson finished up with kind words for Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman.

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