Countdown to Kickoff: Hawkinsville
Hawkinsville went 2-8 in 2017. A number and a mark this group doesn't want to see or speak of again. "We have the most state championships in the area with 6. We don't expect that. That was not something we were expecting. We talk about it everyday, 2-8. That's in the past, we are not going to talk about it anymore. That's done and now we are focusing on the now" said senior Christian Mahogany.
The Red Devils will return a deep senior class. One stacked with plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. "You definitely need that leadership when you have some key young kids that will have to start and they can lean on these older guys early on to get experience" said head coach Will Conner.
The strength of this team will be up front on the offensive and defensive lines. Where they will return all of their starters from a year ago. "We have good chemistry. We all hang out with one another, we talk at school. Hang out after school we feel like is a big strong point. We feel we are the best offensive and defensive line in the region. Not only the region but in the state. We feel like we can dominate on both fronts against anybody" said Mahogany.
The Red Devils will be breaking in a freshman at QB in Casson Clark. Getting him experience that will pay off for this year, and the long run. "He worked hard and nothing was given to him and the hard work paid off. He earned the job in the spring with a good scrimmage against Toombs. I can't say how excited I am to see how he progresses each year" said Conner.
Hawkinsville has had a history filled with championships, and this group would to add to that legacy. "I feel like this is a playoff team but we need to stay healthy because in single A one injury is huge. It could mean 3 different spots. If we can stay healthy and keep developing the way that we are I feel like we should be in the playoffs. Once you get there you don't know what happens."