Harris County didn’t waste any time putting the pads on for the first time.
The Tigers were on the field and strapped up at 12:01 a.m. ET on Saturday morning, the first day Georgia teams could practice full-contact. The school made it a full production, with the band playing and fans in the stands.
A few minutes of drills culminated in the first scrimmage of the preseason.
“We’re probably going to be a little skittish the first time we put pads on, and then we’ll find out who we are,” said head coach Dwight Jones. “We’re really young, so we’ll have to grow up. This is the first time we’ll scrimmage. We’ll have about six more of these before we play, thank goodness, but we’ll find out where we are to start with.”
After one of the most successful seasons in school history that saw the Tigers reach the second round of the GHSA AAAAA playoffs, graduation hit the team hard; namely, two Division I-bound offensive stars in quarterback TaQuon Marshall (Georgia Tech) and running back Tae Crowder (Georgia.)
“I don’t know that you can replace them,” Jones said. “Those guys were phenomenal players for us. We got skill people that came back and we got young quarterbacks. We got a young offensive line and we’ll just have to do it together as a group. I think Tae and TaQuon shared the load, and so that’s what we’re going to have to do this year. It will not be a one-man squad; it will be a whole football team.”
Jones said Tank Adams and Chandler Lott will compete for the starting quarterback spot, saying the race will be “all the way down to the wire.” Harris County opens up Friday, Aug. 28, at Central.