Changing a culture is no easy feat.
Over the last 20 years of the program’s history, the Bulldogs’ overall record of 59-143 might not inspire much optimism at the onset of the 2017 season, but head coach Carl Parker and his senior-laden squad do.
“Last year we weren’t as competitive as I would have liked to see after we got pretty banged up, but still at the end of the day, we were competitive early on and put ourselves in positions to win,” Parker said. “We’ve got to get over that hump this year and make plays when the game is on the line. We got some pretty talented playmakers on the offensive side.”
Parker is expecting a substantial impact from his large senior class, but he has especially high hopes for senior quarterback Noah Tuten and junior running back Ashton McNeil as they hope to establish a more reliable run game. But equally as important as offense, if not more so, Lanier County’s defense will strive for significant improvement in comparison to their 360 and 496 points allowed in the last two seasons.
“When you’re 1-9, obliviously we have to be a better defensive team,” Parker said. “That’s something I love about the coaches we hired. At the end of the day, I think they know how to use personnel. If you’re weak at this, you can run this and use these people this way, and that’s exactly what we intend to do.”
In the Game Magazine / South Georgia / August – September 2017
Lanier County Bulldogs
Bulldogs Still Seeking to Establish Winning Ways with Strong Senior Class
Written by Cole Parker
Photos by Wenda G Bailey Photography