Harvester Christian won its first 11 contests last season and advanced to the championship game of the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama.
“We’ve had nearly 100 percent turnout for our voluntary workouts which shows me how ready our boys are to work to continue what we started last season,” head coach Jeff Reagan said. “Everyone has been held accountable and we’re starting to see leaders emerge.”
The Hawks must replace three graduating seniors who were named to the All-State team — Raymond Price, Orrie Tobin and Zachary Eichelkraut.
Harvester does return one of the top players in the entire state in middle linebacker Bryce Yerkey. The rising junior led the team in total tackles for the second consecutive season with 113, which broke the previous school record of 94. Yerkey also started in the right guard position on the offensive end for the Hawks as well.
“Bryce has had a good summer and [is] getting stronger,” Reagan said.
Other top returners for Harvester includes rising junior defensive end Bennett Yerkey along with rising seniors Colyn Miller and Rob Reynolds who will both compete for the starting quarterback position. Logan Moss will be a major contributor at tight end as well.
Harvester is also unique to Douglas County as it participates in eight-on-eight football, meaning that each team is allowed only eight players on the field at one time instead of the 11 players allowed in traditional football.
“Right now we’re working on weight lifting along with speed and agility in our training,” Reagan said. “When we implement our plays in July, nothing will change because of eight-man football.”
The Hawks’ season will begin in August.