Two trips. Two games. Two disappointing losses. That's the story of the Devils two previous outcomes at Athens Academy's one-sided Slaughter Field.
But this is a new season, and a new enthusiasm is exhibited by the 2002 Red Devils. If the Devils minimize their mistakes, their tough Defense and improved Offense will give Larry Campbell the win he needs to tie Lincolnton native Dan Pitts as the all time Georgia winningest football coach. But Coach will tell you that he is more interested in just winning the game than the record a win would tie. And he's right - we all want to win at Athens Academy.
Athens Academy lost good players to graduation, and they have moved back to Region 8-A to take on Commerce. Three-year starting QB Joe Tereshinski is gone, but his brother John remains as a good linebacker and tight-end. The Spartans are counting on senior leadership to help them return to the playoffs in 2002.
The Spartans whipped GMC 33-6 to open the season before falling to Class AA Dawson County 20-7. Last week AA defeated Madison County 16-7. The Spartans were ranked in the Top 10 during the preseason, but have dropped out of the AJC list while staying at #7 in the AP poll, just ahead of Lincoln County at #8.