Starting last year the Crisp County Cougars football team took a vote among the seniors on when they should host practice, either before or after school. The seniors on the team decided on the mornings before school, which meant practice was going to start at 5AM and last until 7. Last year after the change of practice time, the Cougars reached the playoffs for the first time since head coach Lee Campbell took over back in 2011.
Coach Campbell said, "It is tough at first for most of these guys, but once they get to practice they are fresh and it requires discipline."
The team came up with the moto "Rise and Grind" after the first practice. The moto is simple and makes sense. The early practices have a few advantages, like no real concerns for the heat or wet bulb problems. The practices also free up the afternoons for the students to take care of any school work or if they ever need help with an assignment, there afternoon is free for torturing.
Aside from the early practices, this Cougar team is hungry. Crisp County only got a taste of the playoffs last year when they fell after round one. Crisp County has seven returning on offense with eight returning on defense, so they have depth. The only real concern on defense is the lack of size up front and they plan to use more speed to get to the ball quicker and make tackles.
Coach Campbell said, "We have a strong linebacker core and all of our guys from last season are returning."
The Cougars have a while before their first regular season game, but they do open up at home. They will play Lee County on August 29th at 8:00 PM.