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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Douglas County has nine returning to work
by Erick Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
August 23, 2013 03:17 PM | 1218 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Ericka Birdsong<br>Shayne Casey awaits the snap during a recent practice session.
Staff / Ericka Birdsong
Shayne Casey awaits the snap during a recent practice session.
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Douglas County football players have been working out three days a week since June 10 and head coach Jason Respert said he is excited to begin his second season with the Tigers.

“We’re excited. The guys have really bought into the summer program. We look forward to our schedule and look forward to playing some really good teams,” he said.

Finishing the 2012 season with a 2-8 record, Respert said the team has done a great job of showing up for workouts and working hard.

To improve on last year’s record, Respert said the team is working on both physical and mental strength.

“We’ve been emphasizing getting stronger and getting the mentality it takes to get stronger. It takes time and it’s a process to prepare for the games we play. You have to have the mindset to deal with the good and the bad. I feel we’ve progressed a lot in that area,” Respert said.

Douglas County will have roughly nine returning starters this season.

On July 29 the team hosted its Big Cat competition for the second year. This event was used to determine the team’s strongest player – this season, running back Travis Beaird.

Now that the team knows where its strength lies, the Tigers are ready to hit the field and get the season started.

Head coach: Jason Respert, second season as a head coach, all at Douglas County (2-8-0).

Region: 3-AAAAAA

Key returners: DL Mike Parris, LB Shayne Carey, LB Jeffrey McMichael, QB Jared Askew, WR Ismail Lewis, OL Christian Bruno, OL Quinzavious Sands.

Last year: 2-8 overall; fifth in Region 3-AAAAAA

Schedule:

Aug. 30 Chapel Hill

Sept. 6 South Cobb

Sept. 13 at Chattahoochee

Sept. 20 Warner Robins

Sept. 27 Harris County

Oct. 4 Bye

Oct. 11 Langston Hughes

Oct. 18 at Westlake

Oct. 25 Newnan

Nov. 1 at East Coweta

Nov. 8 Tri-Cities
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