Early County Bobcats Ready For 2006 Season

The Early County Bobcats of Head Football Coach Trey Wolfe, lost a total of five games from 2001-2003. The past two seasons saw the 'Cats make the playoffs only once, losing to eventual Class AA champion Charlton County last season. There are better days ahead, even though Region 1-AA is one of the State's toughest.

Top to bottom, there are few AA regions in Georgia that are any tougher than Region 1. "I feel that there will be one fine 5th-place team staying home this season," said Wolfe, as he evaluated his team's chances for a playoff berth in 2006.

"There are no breathers on our schedule...every team is capable of making the playoffs. We open with two very good teams in Class AAAA Bainbridge and always tough Class A Miller County and then we jump into a region schedule where every week is a tough assignment," Wolfe continued.

Early County has just returned from an intense football camp at Kolomoki Mounds State Park, and the visit brought Wolfe's 2006 team together as a solid unit. "From 1955 through 1977...it was a long-standing tradition here in Blakely that the Bobcats went to football camp at Kolomoki...we decided to try that again this year and I was very pleased. We had great practices and it was good to re-establish the camaraderie of our players."

The Early County Bobcats return 40 lettermen from last year's 6-5 team. There are 18 Seniors, 23 Juniors, and 20 Sophomores on this squad, and according to Wolfe, there are some very talented freshmen which might also see some playing time this year.

Emmanuel Taylor returns at Quarterback to run the show after passing for over 1,000 yards and running for just over 800 yards. Neko Wimberly returns at running back and up front the line is anchored by Josh Storey, Keith Floyd and Trent Wright.

The region road games are keys to this year's success according to Wolfe, "We play at Fitzgerald...at Brooks County...at Randolph-Clay and at Cook. We have to play well each week...but those are tough region assignments."

Thomasville, Albany, Mitchell-Baker and Berrien round out one of Early County's toughest schedules ever. There will indeed be a very good 5th-place team sitting home in November from region 1-AA when the playoffs begin. The Bobcats of Early County don't want to be that team.

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