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      High hopes for Mitchell County football

      The program-building continues in Mitchell County.


      After a 5-5 season in the first season under Larry Cornelius in 2012, the Eagles rode a five-game win streak into the playoffs in 2013 before losing to Hawkinsville in the first round. Now they're dreaming bigger.


      The theme of the offseason was conditioning, and that's because the offense looks to push the tempo. They want to go fast.


      "A snap every fifteen seconds," Cornelius said.


      They have the speed to make big, explosive plays on offense and defense, but they also have the beef up front. That group is led by junior Quintin Sanders, who recently played for the U.S. National Team in Texas.


      Coach Cornelius scheduled tough non-region opponents to prepare his team for the rigors of the stretch run. They play at Lee County and against Albany and Dougherty.


      "The most important thing is improving going into region play, so that's why we don't have anybody on our schedule that's at the same classification as us," Cornelius said.


      The Mitchell County players accept the challenge.


      "We're gonna shock some people," predicted senior quarterback Troy Chester. "We'll play big boy ball, we're gonna be ready."


      The Eagles open the season on August 29th at Hugh Mills Stadium against the Albany Indians.

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