To state the obvious, Jake Fromm is not easily replaced.
The 2016 Bears heavily relied upon the remarkable talents that now reside in Athens, Georgia. Fromm was on pace to break Deshaun Watson’s single season passing record in Georgia high school football, but there was a key component missing.
Four of the five teams of region 1-AAAAAA make the playoffs, and Houston County was the odd man out.
The Bears, who once held the position of the #1 team in all of AAAAAA, missed the playoffs due to the rigors of competing in Georgia’s fiercest region, despite the statistical fireworks from Jake Fromm.
But the 2017 edition of Houston County is not looking back.
New head coach Ryan Crawford isn’t looking to replicate the style of play from the ’16 Bears, but instead hopes his team will find their own identity.
“Every year’s a transition,” Crawford told Macon.com’s Michael A. Lough. “Every team’s different. Transition, the chemistry of your team is always changing. We’re just going to figure out the best chemistry for us.”
Trey Hill, one of the nation’s premier offensive linemen, will look to provide stability to this evolving team despite the many uncertainties.
“Yeah, there’s gonna be a lot of questions everybody’s going to want to see and talk about. But to me, that’s not any different than any normal year,” Crawford said.
In the Game Magazine / South Georgia / August – September 2017
Houston County Bears
Reloading Bears Will Battle for a Playoff Birth
Written by Cole Parker
Photos by Marque Milla Reese