Tucker Pruitt, first year head coach for the Purple Hurricane, is a hurricane at heart, and with good reason.
“The thing that I’ve always admired about Fitzgerald football is that even when I played, when I came back and watched my dad’s teams, and even watching these guys now, they always play so hard and with such passion,” said Pruitt. “Football is important here in Fitzgerald.”
After being outmatched for the second consecutive year in the Georgia Dome, Pruitt, star quarterback James Graham and the entire supporting cast are preparing for another season that stretches into mid December.
“With our schedule, there is going to be some adversity,” Pruitt said. “There’s going to be some times, early and often, that we are going to get tested, physically and mentally, and we just have to stay together and be a team.”
Despite only returning three starters on offense and five on defense, Pruitt hopes to bring a disciplined approach to this young team that is peppered with veteran talent.
“We will have focus, we will have hustle, and we are going to execute,” Pruitt said. “The difference between who loses games and who wins games doesn’t come down to who wants it more, it comes down to the execution.”
With that in mind, one key metric will define the success of the 2017 season.
“The reason I took this job is because there is still something for this program to accomplish, and that’s to win a state championship,” he said.
In the Game Magazine / South Georgia / August – September 2017
Fitzgerald Purple Hurricane
Pruitt’s Homecoming Brings Hope for Ending the Season with a Win
Written by Cole Parker
Photos by Wenda G Bailey Photography and Marque Milla Reese