Jones and Tattnall hope to build off 2016 success

Chance Jones enters his second season as the head coach at Tattnall. (Mason Prince, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- An undefeated regular season, a regional title, and a trip to the Private A state semifinals; not a bad first year for Tattnall Square Academy head coach Chance Jones.

The Trojans under Jones were one of the most surprising teams in the area in 2016. A senior-led team, Tattnall cruised through their regular season schedule, winning by an average score of 33-10.

Sixteen seniors graduated in May, leaving the Trojans in a tough situation. However, Jones thinks his young team will be able to build off of last season's success.

"It will be tough losing those 16 seniors we had for that last group and it was a great year," said Jones at the team's first practice on Tuesday. "It was a great first year. Hopefully coming in the second year everyone will be a little more comfortable with the system and be able to take everything a little bit further."

The Trojans have a new batch of seniors this season, but Tattnall's 2017 success depends on the sophomores and juniors according to Jones.

"I think the younger guys have to step up that were sophomores going to be junior and even some freshman going to be sophomores that didn't get a lot of playing time except for maybe on some special teams," said Jones. "They have to be able to step up and play one way or even both ways at some point."

The Trojans begin their season on Friday, August 25 when they travel to face Wilcox County.

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