The Apalachee High School football team fell one win short of qualifying for the state playoffs this fall.
Head coach Shane Davis, his coaching staff and returning players are already looking to make sure that doesn’t happen in 2011.
“I’ve always believed all you can do is go back to work and perhaps work even harder,” said Davis, who led the Wildcats to the Region 8-AAAA crown in 2009. “That’s what I told them as soon as the Loganville game ended. Take the weekend off, but when Monday arrives, be ready to go back to work.”
While graduation will take some key players, the cupboard will certainly not be bare for AHS in 2011. Leader rushing Alex Camp (1,044 yards on 156 carries and 12 touchdowns) will graduate but backfield teammates Zay Henry (839 yards, 10 TDs) and Stanley Williams (964, 9 TDs) both return.
Quarterback Clint Ashe was just a sophomore this season. He threw for 432 yards but more importantly directed the Wildcats’ Wing-T offense.
Jermaine Smith, the team’s leading receiver in 2010, also returns. The sophomore has 19 receptions for 276 yards and two scores this fall.
Williams was the team’s second leading receiver with 103 yards on five catches with two touchdowns.
Overall as a team, the Wildcats rushed for 3,149 yards and 35 touchdowns in 2010. The team scored 296 points.
Some of the players the team will have to replace, in addition to Camp, will be lineman Nate Holton, lineman Shaun Hill, lineman Tim Simonton, kicker/punter Guy Hunt, defensive back Kendall Conover, and offensive lineman Ervin Sutton.
Cole Shook returns to help anchor the line.
“We do have a good group coming back,” Davis said. “We will look for them to help lead us next season.”