After serving as an assistant there last year as he finished his master's degree, Jeff Hall takes over as head football coach at Lexington.
One of his first missions after he assumed the job was to increase the Bulldogs' numbers.
Lexington finished last season with just 16 players.
“That was horrible,” Hall said. “We did not want to go through that again.”
So Hall and his assistant worked the halls at the school.
“It was just going around and talking to the kids,” Hall said. “We weren't going to beg but we told them we were here if they wanted to be a part of it. The biggest thing is we tried to get them to give it a shot and if they liked it, stay out. Most of the ones who came out have stayed.”
Lexington will start practice today with 48 players on its roster.
“The excitement's kind of been building,” Hall said. “People are starting to get an itch for football around here.”
DAVIS FAVORED AGAIN
It's no surprised that Davis is the favorite to win District 2A-4.
The Wolves haven't lost a district game since 2008 and come into this season with most of their starters back from last year's 9-2 team.
Davis might have some growing pains early in the season as Wolves coach Jody Weber is trying to develop enough depth to keep his players almost exclusively on one side of the ball.
“We have the kids to do it,” Weber said. “(We) just need some kids to step up.”
HETHERINGTON STEPPING IN AT QB
After having Cole Weber run Davis' wishbone offense for the past few years, the Wolves will have a new quarterback.
Senior Alex Hetherington, who has started at free safety for Davis recently, will move to the quarterback spot. Jody Weber expects big things from the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Hetherington.
Tishomingo returns seven starters on each side from a team that made the playoffs the last two seasons. ... Matt Suffal takes over as head coach at Marietta. ... Kingston and Tishomingo each made the playoffs with sub-.500 records last season.
BY RYAN ABER
District 2A-4 coaches' poll
1. Davis (9-2)
2. Coalgate (8-3)
3. Konawa (3-6)
4. Marietta (3-7)
5. Kingston (3-8)
6. Tishomingo (4-7)
7. Lexington (1-9)
Note: Last year's records in parentheses