The bad news is Bryan County High School didn’t win a football game in 2017.
The good news is they’re undefeated in 2018, and for first-year Redskins coach Abram Scott, that’s the plan for the entire season.
“Our goal is to go out there and win them all,” Scott said. “That’s what we plan to do. And if we don’t, we’ll go back to the drawing board, find out why we didn’t win, fix it and go out and win the next one.”
Scott, a former defensive back at Western Carolina, inherits a group that wants to excel, he said. What they lack in numbers — there were only 42 players on the roster at the start of the school year — they make up for in desire.
“We’re light in numbers, but I think we’re going to be OK,” he said. “We’ve got some guys that are fighters, and I like our spirit, I like our mojo right now. I love our kids.”
That’s apparent when Scott begins talking about his team. Among the Redskins top returners are senior running back and defensive back Terron Dixon, who like many Redskins will play on both sides of the ball. Seniors such as Albert Martin (TE/LB), Jahmond Dukes (DE/RB), Josh Wilson (OT/DL), Tommy Mikell (LB/G), Chris Shellman (OL/DL), Zach Lanier (OL) drew praise from the coach. So did juniors Nick Peny (QB), Tyler Stewart (QB/WR/SS), Damaurius Brewer (WR/FS), Kyle Hines (TE/RB/OLB), Austin Bogggs (OLB/OT), Daitron Sanders (LB/OL), Will Kroymann (DE/ OT) Dazon Anderson (CB/RB) and Jack Perry (K/P).
Scott, who will also handle DB coaching duties, has a staff that includes defensive coordinator Sean Coburn; offensive coordinator Quincy Hills; and assistants Lorenzo Ross, D.J. Collins, Isaac Scott, Josh Parker and Wesley Budgett.
The Redskins will run a zone option offense and 3-4 defense, and Scott said his team has “grown a lot,” since he took over in January.
“And not only in strength and body size, but in attitude,” he said. “We want to bring the pride back. We want players to be invested in Bryan County High School, wear the Redskins on our chest and have Bryan County in our hearts.”
The Redskins open the 2018 season with a tuneupThursday night against Groves. The season opens for real Aug. 24 at Claxton. Bryan County’s home opener is Aug. 31 against Long County, and the Redskins begin Region 2-AA competition Sept. 21 when they play host to Vidalia.
One opponent notably absent from the schedule is Benedictine. The state powerhouse private school moved up to Class AAA, but the Cadets could probably have competed at just about any classification and had success.
Scott said 2-AA will still be tough with Vidalia, Jeff Davis, Swainsboro, Toombs County, Metter and Bacon County all capable of competing for one of the region’s four playoff spots.
But for the Redskins, it’s largely about looking in the mirror this year.
“I really want us to focus in on us, and keep the emphasis on us,” Scott said. “We’ll game plan for opponents, but we’ve got to focus in on what we’re doing.”
And “focus” is one of three words the Redskins coach says he wants his kids to remember.
“Focus, fight and finish, that’s our motto,” Scott said. “We want to focus on the task at hand, what we’ve got to do. That’s about execution, it’s about alignment, assignment and responsibility. Fight is about effort. It’s about relentless effort. And finish the job. Last year, I saw a team that played hard. This year, we want to play hard and be in the games in the fourth quarter with a chance to win.”
The concern for Scott is that his roster is thin, and that will take its toll as the season wears on.
“The biggest worry when you’ve got low numbers is whether you can keep the intensity for four quarters,” he said. “That’s why we pushed them so hard this summer and we’re pushing them now, to keep that high energy going.”
Energy seems to radiate from Scott, who said he couldn’t be in a better place to coach high school football.
“This is a wonderful opportunity,” Scott said. “Every good and perfect gift comes from up above and with God’s blessing. I am humbled to be a coach at Bryan County High School. I believe God put me here for a reason, and I believe something special is in store for this program, this community and these guys.”