The 2017 Turner County Rebels will be nearly unrecognizable in comparison to the 2016 Rebels.
After graduating the talents of household names such as Tamorrion Terry and Ontaria Wilson and facilitating a complete overhaul of the coaching staff, the Rebels are seeking improvement in the face of change.
“Those kids [last season] were very athletic and fast, but raw,” said first year head coach Leroy Hood after watching the film of last season. “Now, we just need some fine tuning and discipline on top of the talent we do have; we need more sound, fundamental football and higher football IQ’s.”
Hood, who accepted the head coaching position from his post as assistant coach at Tift County High School, immediately recognized a strength of the program.
“These guys are tough, and they’re not complainers,” Hood said. “I’ve been around several programs and this is one or the better places I’ve been as far as kids working hard.”
Hard work, physicality and toughness will need to be the identity of Turner County this season as they replace all but five starters, and the search for new leaders and playmakers will be in the face of an arduous schedule.
“Basically, my outlook on the season is that we take it one game at a time,” Hood said. “We are going to measure our success on how we get better game to game, week to week.”
In the Game Magazine / South Georgia / August – September 2017
Turner County Rebels
Program Reboot for the Coaches and Players at Turner
Written by Cole Parker
Photos by Danna Cooper