cloudy.png
Tuesday August 16th, 2022 9:59AM

Two-a-Days: Interest is at an all-high for the Indians, who still have plenty of on-field questions

By Jeff Hart Sports Reporter

There are just 20 days remaining until the kickoff of the 2022 high school football season. But make no mistake, preparations for the upcoming campaign got underway months ago. And teams throughout northeast Georgia already are in full countdown mode.

With that in mind, we spent the last couple of weeks 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. Our "Two-a-Days" series honors 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 two weeks, 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)...

TOWNS COUNTY

The trend is definitely up for the Indians, who are having record numbers show up to participate. Coach Jason Roquemore said that has been the biggest change in now his third season in Hiawassee. But they have plenty of on-field questions to answer, most specifically in the secondary, which will be young and inexperienced.

We caught up with Coach Roquemore to get his take on the excitement for the program and how the on-field changes are progressing.

QUESTION: Coach, the interest in the program has never been higher. What has the mood been like so far for the players through the summer with the ability to conduct full-on 11-on-11 drills with some depth?

A:  Our culture has continued to grow and take shape this summer. We had a great offseason with our Leadership Council this spring, and our players have done a great job of embracing the challenge of being a "No Excuses" type of program. I am so proud of our young men and how they have impacted not only our program but our school and community. They have done a phenomenal job and deserve all the credit.

Q: Y’all will be young in the defensive secondary. What progress has that unit made during the spring and summer?

A: As of right now, we are playing with some young kids in the back half. Some of those kids don't have a lot of grass time under the lights on Friday night. However, I have been very pleased with the progression we have made this summer through 7-on-7 and padded camp opportunities. For us, it is important to continue to find ways to build their confidence as we transition into the fall.

  • Associated Categories: Sports, High School Sports, Friday Game Night
  • Associated Tags: High school football, Towns County football
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Two-a-Days: Interest is at an all-high for the Indians, who still have plenty of on-field questions
Coach Jason Roquemore said interest in the program has been the biggest change in now his third season in Hiawassee. But they have plenty of on-field questions to answer, most specifically in the secondary, which will be young and inexperienced...
10:04AM ( 28 minutes ago )
NASCAR and IndyCar intersect at Indianapolis race weekend
Now is the time to tune into American motorsports, on display all weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where NASCAR and IndyCar intersect...
6:00AM ( 4 hours ago )
Grant Enfinger charges to NASCAR Truck win at IRP
Grant Enfinger picked a fine time to win his first race of the season. Charging to the front on fresh tires after Friday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race...
1:17AM ( 9 hours ago )
Sports
Two-a-Days: Trojans making progress on systemic offensive changes
Probably no other program in Northeast Georgia is undergoing as systemic a change as the Trojans. After running the wing-T for more than two decades from elementary school to high school, new coach Sean Pender and his staff are implementing a spread offense...
4:04PM ( 1 day ago )
Podcast: What does conference expansion do to college football?
With the SEC and Big 10 expanding, what does it do to the landscape of college football?
1:48PM ( 1 day ago )
Two-a-Days: Offense is immediate focus for Raiders
Despite a third straight winning season, the Raiders missed the playoffs for a second straight season in Class 7A in 2021. Now, they are moving down to Class 6A and immediately have become a favorite to win Region 8-6A...
8:04AM ( 2 days ago )
High School Sports
Two-a-Days: Off-the-field excitement is high but on-field questions remain for Red Elephants
The Red Elephants are under new management, and they have made no bones about the fact they are ready to get back in the winning column. Former Hoover coach Josh Niblett has already revitalized over-the-top excitement for the program in just six months. But on the field, they still have some questions to answer...
10:02AM ( 1 week ago )
Two-a-Days: Changes abound for Falcons heading into the fall
The Falcons have a new head coach and offensive staff and will have to find a replacement for graduated quarterback David Renard as they also bump up a class to 5A...
4:04PM ( 1 week ago )
Two-a-Days: Pettus, Eagles working on retooling the offense
The Eagles lost a lot on offense from an improved unit in 2021. There will be some significant changes, including at quarterback and receiver, where they lost the bulk of their production...
10:02AM ( 1 week ago )
Friday Game Night
Two-a-Days: Defensive changes highlight Eagles' summer work
The Eagles were hit hardest by COVID and roster defections over the past two seasons. However, a move into the Georgia Independent Athletic Association and out of GHSA may be just the catalyst to get the program back on track. Coach Nick Garrett is hoping the same thing...
4:04PM ( 18 hours ago )
Two-a-Days: Changes abound for Wildcats as they try to keep rolling
The Wildcats' offense should still be plenty lethal with most of the key skilled guys back. Finding the right combination up front and how quickly the defense incorporates and embraces the new staff changes may be the key to the season...
10:04AM ( 1 day ago )
Two-a-Days: Trojans making progress on systemic offensive changes
Probably no other program in Northeast Georgia is undergoing as systemic a change as the Trojans. After running the wing-T for more than two decades from elementary school to high school, new coach Sean Pender and his staff are implementing a spread offense...
4:04PM ( 1 day ago )
Two-a-Days: Offense is immediate focus for Raiders
Despite a third straight winning season, the Raiders missed the playoffs for a second straight season in Class 7A in 2021. Now, they are moving down to Class 6A and immediately have become a favorite to win Region 8-6A...
8:04AM ( 2 days ago )
Two-a-Days: Enthusiasm is high for Indians, but OL rebuild is still a key area
The numbers and positive attitude surrounding the program are the highest in more than a half-dozen years. And first-year coach Heath Webb is known for being able to resurrect dormant programs...
4:10PM ( 2 days ago )