Swamp City Defense Fuels Fitzgerald

It's a similar offensive system, but there's a new head coach for the Fitzgerald Purple Hurricanes. As for the Fitzgerald defense, they've got the same attitude with a new nickname.

Swamp city is the official tag of the 2012 Purple Hurricanes "D".

"It's not dirty down here, but it's South Georgia football. So we call it the "Swamp"â|swarming to the ball and getting dirty. Swamp City, that's what it is," Senior defensive end/tight end Kevin Coney said.

The "Swamp City" squad isn't satisfied with their quarterfinal exit in the 2011 playoffs. Neither is new 'Canes Head Coach Jason Strickland.

The former Lamar County coach suffered a similar fate also losing in the 2011 GHSA Quarterfinals. Now, Strickland's putting his imprint on the motivated Purple Hurricane squad to push his team past the third round.

"I remember the first day he came to introduce himself. He said his goal was to win 15 games. He's not going to sugarcoat because you played the previous years. He's going to put the best 11 on the field and that's what he's been doing," Coney said.

On offense, Fitzgerald will run a variation to the familiar Wing-T of the past. Junior Ramarius Gaulden has switched from wide receiver to quarterback replacing Kaleb Nobles.

Fitzgerald scrimmages Emmanuel County Institute at Jaycee Stadium August 17. Their regular season opens on the road at Jefferson County.

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