But the Glenn Hills Spartans are staying positive as first-year coach Tim McClain tries to turn around a program that has won only six total games the past three seasons.
“We have a team that’s bought in, about what it’s about to have each other’s back,” McClain said. “They realize that adversity is going to happen but we got to be able to bounce back from it.”
McClain said one early step toward boosting a program is to find a signature win.
With the offense Glenn Hills might have, the Spartans don’t think their goal is impossible.
Santo Nina and Earl Cobb form a dynamic quarterback-receiver duo. In the first game of the 2012 season, Nina found Cobb for a 95-yard touchdown pass.
This year, Cobb is hoping for 1,000 receiving yards and Nina is working on cutting down on interceptions by improving his decision making.
“We think on the same page,” Nina said about playing with Cobb. “We change routes without having to speak to each other. He knows what I’m thinking and I know what he’s thinking before the ball’s even snapped.”
After opening at Josey, Glenn Hills faces Laney, Richmond Academy, South Effingham and Liberty County. Two of those teams made the playoffs and all four were .500 or better.
But McClain still envisions a solid first year.
“It doesn’t matter who it is, they just want to play,” McClain said. “I think that helps us. Potential is one thing, but you got to put in the work.”