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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Paulding coach pleased with work
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
August 23, 2013 03:48 PM | 949 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding County High's Mark Toussaint runs towards the end zone after making a catch during a recent practice.
Paulding County High's Mark Toussaint runs towards the end zone after making a catch during a recent practice.
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The Paulding County High football team worked hard and had some polishing done to their skills and workouts over the summer, its head coach said.

Going into his third season Patriots Head Coach Scott Hamilton said he is pleased with the work the team has put in.

“This has been the best summer I’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Hamilton, who began in 2011.

Throughout the summer Hamilton said the team has been lifting weights and becoming a “more polished” team.

Hamilton said the Patriots have doubled their numbers in workouts and have gotten better.

“We’ve gotten bigger, faster, stronger,” he said.

With more depth than the last few years, according to Hamilton, Paulding County will have 16 seniors, return eight starters on offense and seven starters on defense.

While the Patriots finished last season with a 1-9 record, Hamilton said they aren’t changing anything about their game this year.

“Nothing we haven’t already started. Just taking it day by day. It’s a step by step battle…We’re headed in the right direction,” Hamilton said.

Paulding County hasn’t had a winning season since going 8-3 in 2003 and has not been to the playoffs since losing to St. Pius 14-10 that same season.

With the exact same schedule as last year, the Patriots play their first game Aug. 23 against region foe New Manchester. Last season Paulding County lost 23-20 to the Jaguars in their season opener, but Hamilton and the team are not thinking about last year’s results. Instead they are merely anticipating game time this year.

“We’re just ready to get started,” said Hamilton.

Head coach: Scott Hamilton, eighth season as a head coach (18-55-0), third year at Paulding County (3-17-0).

Region: 5-AAAAA

Key returners: QB Corin Duginski, RB Thomas Sieh, CB Mark Toussaint, DL Brandon Ballard, LB Dustin Gore, LB Caleb Sailors, LB Yann Mondon.

Last year: 1-9 overall; tied for 10th in Region 5-AAAAA

SCHEDULE

Aug. 23 at New Manch.

Aug. 30 Hiram

Sept. 6 at Allatoona

Sept. 13 East Paulding

Sept. 20 Villa Rica

Sept. 27 at Lithia Springs

Oct. 4 Rome

Oct. 11 at Woodland

Oct. 18 Bye

Oct. 25 at North Paulding

Nov. 1 South Paulding

Nov. 8 Bye
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