Valdosta Daily Times

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July 29, 2013

South Georgia Football Media Day


VALDOSTA — Lowndes

Vikings head coach Randy McPherson could not be at media day because of a prior engagement, so assistant coach Honeycutt took his turn at the podium instead.

Honeycutt began by complimenting the commitment of the players and coaches in South Georgia in not only football, but in their personal lives.

After the nice sentiment, Honeycutt got down to the business of Lowndes football. The first thing Honeycutt mentioned about the football team was the amount of chemistry and unity the team has going into the season.

“This a group that has high chemistry,” Honeycutt said. “According to coach McPherson chemistry, unity, morale, unselfishness is at an all-time high.”

Honeycutt said that coach McPherson has challenged the players with the phrase, “do whatever it takes,” and the players have responded.

According to Honeycutt, the keys to how competitive the Vikings will be this season are the development of the younger players, and the leadership of the older players.

The Vikings are specifically looking at seniors, Ahman Brown, Eric Hart, Brandon Roberts, and Tre Jackson to provide the leadership and stability to carry Lowndes to the next level.

Honeycutt stated Jackson will receive significant snaps on both sides of the ball.

Dyshon Sims and Zach Copland are two guys that will play in the trenches who were also named as important contributors this season.

Honeycutt spoke very briefly about the season, perhaps prepared to let the Vikings’ play do the talking.


“If Region 1-AA wasn’t tough enough as it is, we now have Coach Riles at Thomasville, and the legend Coach Pilcher at Berrien so its more scary now than its ever been,” said Cook Hornets head coach Ken Cofer.

The current team is one of the youngest Cook has had since 2005. The quarterback, Connor Hiliard, is a mere sophomore and will try to lead the Hornets to the playoffs.

The receiving core is built up of sophomores, in addition to the defensive line. The team is built with athletes and will focus on the speed and ability of the players.

Some major losses include three linebackers for various reasons and star running back, Grant Wilson, who was lost to an ACL tear during spring practice. While coach Cofer is not rushing the recovery of Wilson, he did hint that the running back could make a return as early as the Thomasville game on September 27th.

The team has been working to improve all summer and players have been noted to take pride in conditioning and training.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Hornets are glad to have a more athletic group of players than they have had in the past. The players will be playing on both sides of the ball this season.

Jeremiah Smith, a starting free safety, will get his time to shine on the offensive side of the ball as a wide receiver, in addition to other players that have the same task.

Cofer describes his team as “aggressive” and promises that they will play that same way.

Overall on the offensive side of the ball, they are pretty solid. One rough spot however is the wideout group. Lead by Tavian Allen, 6’ 1”, most of the receivers on the roster have consistency issues and drop a lot of passes.

Cofer has faith in the Hornets to make the playoffs this season, after ending last year with an average 7-4 record.

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