Skill players return as Trojans look strong again

Danny Gilleland- For the Telegraph

In seven years at Peach County, head coach Chad Campbell has been the mastermind behind the Trojans’ success. With Campbell at the helm, the Trojans have managed to produce three consecutive region titles (2009-2011), a superior 68-11 record and one state title (2009).


With the 2013 season approaching, this year may have a few more obstacles than past seasons because the No. 2 Trojans will be fielding the youngest team that they have had in Campbell’s tenure. Nevertheless, that doesn’t change the mindset that Campbell and his team possess.


“There are a lot of question marks going into this year and we will try to answer them this summer,” said Campbell. “We’ve got great attitudes, the kids are good and fun to be around and I think they’re great individuals.


The Trojans will be replacing all but four starters on offense and will also have to fill the shoes of nine starters on defense, not to mention the team lost its defensive coordinator in the spring. To many teams and coaches this may be somewhat of a letdown, but to Campbell and his squad, this is just another opportunity to test its mettle and show the world that they aren’t going down with out a fight.


“We expect to win around here, it doesn’t matter if we have to play 20 freshman or 20 sophomores,” said Campbell. “We have a mindset that we’re going to try to win every ball game and win a championship. That’s first and foremost what we expect out of our kids.”


On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Greg Williams returns, who is two years removed from an ACL injury. Williams passed for over 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2012. The program will also have last season’s 1,000-yard rusher Keyshawn Lowe returning which will certainly help take the pressure off of Williams. Wide receiver Saire Davis is a player that Campbell spoke about in high regard. Davis has all the tools to become a great player and the Trojans should be very pleased to have a player of his caliber on the field.


Right tackle Chavis Dickey, who recently signed with Central Florida, will have to pick up the slack on the offensive line considering he is the only returning starter in the trenches. However, there is not a better player to build an O-line around than Dickey. The other four offensive linemen have some experience as well.


The defense will be refurbished with mostly underclassmen and the kicking and punting game will be closely analyzed since the Trojans will be replacing both the punter and kicker.

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