The Golden Eagles have won a total of two games in the three seasons since their last winning season in 2008.
Head coach Joe Teknipp said a team that has been young for several years has some experienced players ready to lead.
“I know the won-loss column may not show it, but we just want to keep building on what we have been doing,” Teknipp said. “These kids have been playing since their freshmen and sophomore years and they are ready to get going this season.”
Teknipp said his team has done well at 7-on-7 camps this summer and the players are looking forward to translating that into the fall season.
Teknipp said he will look to his large group of seniors and juniors with experience. He said junior wide receivers Warren Wright and Cymeon Burden, senior tight end Bill Teknipp, junior tailback Corey Holloway, senior left tackle Uriah Horne and first-year starting quarterback Bradley Dewberry will lead the offense.
“We are excited about what these guys can accomplish this season,” Teknipp said.
Teknipp said Dewberry is the only true starter the team is replacing. Dewberry takes over the reins from Teknipp’s son, Tyler Teknipp.
On defense, senior linebacker Shawanye Lawrence is the undisputed leader of the unit.
“He is a grown man and he is just an unbelievable athlete,” Teknipp said.
Teknipp said the amount of experience on the field will not be the only positive aspect. He said he is happy to have a full staff.
“I can’t wait to go back to being only the head coach,” he said. “In the past we have had such a small staff I have had to be many roles, but we have a full staff and I can’t wait for this season.
“The ‘X’ factor was our ability to bring Rex Robertson over from Henry County. I have noticed a huge difference since he got here. The kids have really picked up the pace.”
With the Georgia High School Association moving to a six-classification system, that moved the Golden Eagles from a Henry County heavy region to a complete Henry County subregion.
Eagle’s Landing went from Class AAA to Region 4AAAA, Div. A. The Golden Eagles are with Dutchtown, Locust Grove, Stockbridge and Woodland.
“That is real exciting,” Teknipp said. “I am a rivalry guy and I am ready to form all those rivalries with the Henry County schools. This is definitely a good opportunity for the county.”