clear
Tuesday September 26th, 2017 1:42AM

Two-a-Days: Hab Central ready to take next step?

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter

There are just 35 days remaining until the kickoff of the 2017 high school football season. But make no mistake, preparations for the upcoming campaign got underway months ago in weight rooms, sand pits and practice fields throughout the state. And teams throughout northeast Georgia are in full countdown mode.

With that in mind we spent the last few days catching up with programs around our area to get a feel for how spring practice went, how the summer is going and what coaches believe the fall will look like. We call the series "Two-a-Days" in honor of those old-school grinding sessions that lead us out of summer and into fall, asking each area coach two key questions about the state of their respective programs. 

Over the next few days, AccessWDUN's Friday Game Night will get you prepped for the start of gridiron action with responses from coaches throughout northeast Georgia. (Teams run in alphabetical order)...

HABERSHAM CENTRAL

The Raiders were another program that had a breakout season in 2016. They finished .500 or better for the first time since 2011 after winning just three total games over the previous four season (2012-15) combined.

However, they play in one of the toughest regions (8-AAAAAA) in Class AAAAAA with Dacula, Gainesville, Lanier, and Winder-Barrow. AccessWDUN's Jeff Hart asked coach Benjie Harrison if they are ready to take the next step in 2017.

QUESTION: Coach, after a 5-5 finish, what is the key to building on last year’s success?
 
ANSWER: First off, we did some really good things last year. The kids bought into what we wanted them to do and that had a lot to do with our success. We were very pleased with how the season went overall. I think one of the big things for us was playing some meaningful games at the end of the season. We had a chance to make the playoffs and that’s what you play for every year. For us to make that next step we will need to be more consistent in general in every phase of the game. That cost us in several games. But I like where we are right now. We have some playmakers, we’re more athletic, and we’ve gotten stronger. We’re ready for the fall to get here.
 
Q: You will have a new quarterback in A.J. Curry, who moved in from Stephens County. He was a standout at running back for the Indians. How is his progression at QB coming along so far?
 
A: A.J. is getting better every time we go out there. He is probably the most athletic guy I’ve ever coached at quarterback so we feel there is a lot of upside for him. He’s getting more confident and is understanding the offense better every day. He’s right on schedule for where we were hoping he would be and he’s right where he needs to be as we get ready for fall practice.

  • Associated Categories: Sports, High School Sports, Friday Game Night
  • Associated Tags: High school football, Habersham Central football
© Copyright 2017 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Two-a-Days: Hab Central ready to take next step?
Habersham Central was another program that had a breakout season in 2016. However, they play in one of the toughest regions (8-AAAAAA) in Class AAAAAA...
4:00PM ( 4 seconds ago )
Atlanta United single-match tickets to go on sale for Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta United announced the dates when single-match tickets will go on-sale for the club’s 2017 Inaugural Season matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium...
11:49AM ( 4 hours ago )
Two-a-Days: Gainesville excited over QB situation, potential on defense
The Red Elephants made the state playoffs for the 17th straight season in 2016 -- but also experienced their first losing final record since that streak began in 2000. Gainesville is looking to show that was but a blip...
8:00AM ( 8 hours ago )
Sports
Two-a-Days: Fannin County shoring up defense; watching QB race
The Rebels were just a few points away from making the state playoffs in each of coach Jim Pavao's first two seasons in Blue Ridge, but last season saw injuries and a wicked schedule combine to drop Fannin to a 2-8 record...
8:16AM ( 1 day ago )
Two-a-Days: Despite more changes, East Jackson looks for consistency
East Jackson was one of the big surprises in northeast Georgia in the 2016 season. The Eagles won as many games (4) last season under Christian Hunnicutt and his staff as they had in the previous four campaigns combined...
4:00PM ( 2 days ago )
Two-a-Days: East Hall getting back to basics on defense
After five straight seasons of improvement and two straight state playoff appearances, the Vikings slipped to a 3-7 mark in 2016. This summer, coach Bryan Gray says his squad is focusing on replacing key playmakers on offense and getting back to basics on defense...
9:00AM ( 2 days ago )
High School Sports
VIDEO: Top 10 prep plays give vivid reminder of just what a season 2016-17 was
The 2016-17 high school sports season brought us dizzying heights, gut-wrenching lows and everything in between...
4:48PM ( 1 month ago )
(VIDEO) Football: Area teams declare Jefferson 7-on-7 tourney a success
The 7-on-7 high school football tournaments weren’t necessarily created as a results-oriented endeavor. Don’t tell that to the players...
9:00AM ( 1 month ago )
(VIDEO) Football: Area schools scrimmage, wrap up spring practice
Area prep football programs wrapped up their spring practices with scrimmages over the past two weekends...
8:00AM ( 1 month ago )
Friday Game Night
Two-a-Days: Gainesville excited over QB situation, potential on defense
The Red Elephants made the state playoffs for the 17th straight season in 2016 -- but also experienced their first losing final record since that streak began in 2000. Gainesville is looking to show that was but a blip...
8:00AM ( 8 hours ago )
Two-a-Days: Branch hopes new coach, attitude creates playoff hunt
After missing out on the playoffs for a third consecutive season, the longest streak for the Falcons since their first three seasons as a program, Ben Hall was lured from powerhouse Jefferson in the offseason to try and turn things around for the largest school in the Hall County system...
4:00PM ( 1 day ago )
Two-a-Days: Fannin County shoring up defense; watching QB race
The Rebels were just a few points away from making the state playoffs in each of coach Jim Pavao's first two seasons in Blue Ridge, but last season saw injuries and a wicked schedule combine to drop Fannin to a 2-8 record...
8:16AM ( 1 day ago )
Two-a-Days: Despite more changes, East Jackson looks for consistency
East Jackson was one of the big surprises in northeast Georgia in the 2016 season. The Eagles won as many games (4) last season under Christian Hunnicutt and his staff as they had in the previous four campaigns combined...
4:00PM ( 2 days ago )
Two-a-Days: East Hall getting back to basics on defense
After five straight seasons of improvement and two straight state playoff appearances, the Vikings slipped to a 3-7 mark in 2016. This summer, coach Bryan Gray says his squad is focusing on replacing key playmakers on offense and getting back to basics on defense...
9:00AM ( 2 days ago )