ROBERTA -- For Greg Street, the decision to play a non-region schedule for two years was not just helpful at Crawford County, it was a necessity.
The Eagles managed to win six games last season, and with the wins came more fans at the games and even more important, more players coming out for the team. After dressing out around 22 players last year, the Eagles are expecting 35 players to suit up for this season.
“We are definitely excited about the numbers, and I would put our skill players up against anyone in Middle Georgia,” said Street, who is in his fourth year at Crawford County. “But honestly, we are very small up front and very inexperienced. Right now, we are trying to create a football program, and we have to do it one year at a time. I remember two years ago we had a very small crowd at our homecoming game, and last year, there were probably 200 people here way before game time. There was smoke out of both of the concession stands from the food being cooked, and the people were excited about being here.
“That’s what we are trying to build on.”
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Crawford County had up to nine players last year play both offense and defense, but one player who won’t be going both ways is quarterback Tyrick Reeves, who had 26 total touchdowns last year.
“There is just no way I can take that chance because he is just so important to us on offense,” Street said. “He is an explosive, raw athlete who can make things happen in space. I mean there aren’t many people who can catch him or tackle him, and I believe he is a potential D-I football player.”
Reeves is a four-year starter who endured 20 straight losses in his first two years as the team’s quarterback.
“It almost felt like someone was making me play football because losing every game isn’t much fun,” Reeves said. “But I felt like I had to be out there for my team. Last year after we won our first game, it was a great feeling, but I still felt like, ‘OK, I am 1-20 now.’ I just wanted to keep getting more wins as the season went by. I felt like by the end of the year we finally got some respect.”
Crawford County has other skill players such as seniors Jaylin Hicks, Reid Tolbert and Quay Wiggins, but Reeves said as the quarterback, it is his time to shine.
“We have a lot of good seniors here, and we know we have to be the leaders,” Reeves said. “I know that we can’t make the playoffs, but we want to do everything we can to have as good a season as possible.”
ABOUT THE CRAWFORD COUNTY EAGLES
Head coach: Greg Street (6-24 in three seasons overall and at Crawford County).
Assistant coaches: Derick Smith (offensive coordinator); Bill Montgomery (defensive coordinator); Reginald Wedner, James Carter.
Offensive scheme: Spread.
Defensive scheme: 4-3.
2014 record: 6-4.
Returning starters: Nine on offense; nine on defense.
Players to watch: Tyrick Reeves (Sr., QB); Quay Wiggins (Sr., WR); Jaylin Hicks (Sr., WR/RB/DB); Adam Morris (Jr., LB/TE); Adrian Lockhart (Sr., DL/OL); Jamorris Pickard (Soph., OL/DL); Reid Tolbert (Sr., RB/LB); George Wilson (Sr., OL/DL); Jeremy Dunlap (Sr., TE/DE).
Aug. 22 at Mount Vernon Presbyterian
Aug. 28 at Central-Talbotton
Sept. 4 Montgomery County
Sept. 11 Stewart County
Sept. 18 Chattahoochee County
Sept. 25 at Temple
Oct. 2 Monticello
Oct. 9 at Social Circle
Oct. 16 Glascock County
Oct. 23 at North Cobb Christian