Can you believe that school is starting back already? Some of our area school systems have already started while some are a few weeks away but all of that can only mean one thing: high school football season can’t be too far behind. This year the official beginning of the season is mid-August so we are less than a month away but in case you haven’t noticed, there has been some pretty significant turnover at some of the area programs.
The most notable change was in Cairo where the hugely successful Tom Fallaw stepped away from the sidelines after accumulating a 116-34 record in 12 seasons with the Syrupmakers including state championship in 2008. But leave it to Cairo to make a big splash when they did hire a new coach as they tapped Steve Devoursney as the new man in charge. All Devoursney did was lead the Griffin Bears to a 128-35 record in 13 seasons with a state title in 2013. I don’t expect there to be much of a drop off in the land of syrup any time soon.
Both sides of the Family Fued/Backyard Brawl will have new head coaches in 2015 as the Miller County Pirates hired Brent Miller and the Seminole County Indians hired Wes Williams. The Pirates hired a seasoned head coach in Miller who has coached all around southwest Georgia and has won a lot of ball games everywhere he has been. Williams is the new head coach in Seminole County but no stranger to the program is he as he has been on the staff under Alan Ingram since 2005. This is a rivalry that needs no introduction in southwest Georgia but the introduction of new blood at each head coaching position will certainly make the next few chapters entertaining.
The Hornets up in Pelham will be under new leadership as well after Frankie Carroll left for an administration position at another school system. Pelham turned to Thomasville for their offensive coordinator & familiar name in Mitchell County in Dondrial Pinkins. Pinkins was a standout player for Mitchell-Baker in the late 90’s and earned a scholarship to South Carolina in the process. He was also the head coach at Mitchell County for a few seasons before coaching the Bulldogs’ offense. The Pinkins name still resonates in Camilla & Pelham and will surely add some fuel to the fire that is the rivalry between Pelham and Mitchell County.
Personally, I like all four of these hires and feel that each program is in a good place. Stay logged on to Sowegalive.com as we will be reaching out to a handful of programs over the next couple weeks for interviews and team previews.