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Morey and Fleming face new challenges

Josh Morey and Bo Fleming weren't prepared for what has happened of late at Briarwood Academy.

Neither did the two of them have any inkling that they might be cast into the spotlight.

But following the departure of former head coach Blake Duncan, the assistant coaches will now share the head coaching responsibilities for the remainder of the football season.

The Buccaneers, who are now 1-5 overall, have had to deal with many adversities this season, according to Coaches Morey and Fleming.

Aside from the head coaching problems, the team has been confronted with a low number of varsity football players. The Bucs started the season with 18 players, but now have just 16 due to injuries.

The other adversity deals with this year's football schedule.

Briarwood already has played two teams this season in two different classifications that boast number one rankings in state GISA play. Those schools include Thomas Jefferson Academy in Louisville and Bullock Academy.

Another tough opponent, whom the Bucs recently hosted, was John Milledge Academy of Milledgeville. At the time, the Trojans were one of the top-ranked Class AAA teams in the state, too.

"We love playing ranked teams, but when you don't have the numbers, it becomes a big problem," said Coach Morey, who also serves as defensive coordinator. "We really need to get our numbers up out here at Briarwood."

Coach Fleming agrees.

"We're hoping to find a way to get more kids out for football next year," Coach Fleming said. "We've got to get more kids interested in playing football at Briarwood."

Now that the second half of the season is underway, both coaches are hoping things turn around for their team.

Last Friday night, the Bucs played one of their best games of the season. And even though they lost 7-6 at the hands of Tiftarea Academy, the loss is a way to begin building positive attitudes on the part of the Briarwood players.

"We're in a transition period right now," Coach Morey said. "I think the kids have open minds and because they do, the second half of the season could prove positive for our football program."

"Winning will come," Coach Fleming added. "Quality football does not come just on the football field."

The coaches contend that it comes off the field, as well as in the locker room and in the classroom.

"Winning traditions don't just happen," Coach Fleming said. "There's a lot of work involved on the part of a lot of people."

It's the rich winning tradition of Briarwood Academy that the coaches would like to see their team get back to, if not this year, then using this season to build on for big and better things next year.

"Maybe we can turn things around as we begin region play," Coach Morey said.

Web posted on Thursday, October 18, 2007

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