WARRENTON, Ga. --- Cedric Bacon hopes this is the year for big things at Warren County High School.
As one of seven seniors on the Screaming Devils football team this season, the team has high hopes of winning a region championship and making it to the state playoffs again.
"We're going to be fantastic," said the 17-year-old Bacon, the team's starting center and linebacker the last two seasons. "I've never seen our team so ready to practice like they are this year. We're really dedicated this year."
The 5-7, 155-pound Bacon, son of Cedric Bacon Sr. and Michelle Bacon, of Warrenton, is hoping that he and his teammates can put it all together this season and the team can win a state championship under new WCHS Head Coach Marleau Blount.
"To win a state championship has always been our goal," said Bacon during a recent interview.
Bacon, an A student, has played football all four years of high school. It's the only sport he's ever really loved.
"Playing football makes you stronger and teaches you a lot about life," said Bacon. "It has helped to keep me out of trouble."
Right now, he pointed out, "we look good as a team, but we don't want to just settle for being good. We want to work to be a great high school football team."
In order for the Screaming Devils to become that kind of team, Bacon believes that he and his teammates must focus more and become more aggressive.
"If everybody does their part, then there's no doubt that we can go all the way," said Bacon.
Despite his size, Bacon has become pretty good at center.
He contends the reason for it is that he has gotten faster and understands what is expected of him at that position better.
"When you're as small as I am playing center, you have to be quick and learn to stay low at all times," said Bacon.
"I learned a lot about playing center my first year. I hope that experience pays off this season."
Bacon said he has a lot more respect from teammates now that he is a senior.
"There's a lot of responsibility that comes with being a senior," said Bacon.
"Other players look up to you. I take it on as a big challenge, because I realize I have a chance to set positive examples for everybody else."
He doesn't take such a role lightly.
"I take it seriously," said Bacon.
When he's not playing football, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.
"I like helping my grandfather (Rev. Lawrence Bacon) in his garden," said the younger Bacon.
After graduation, Bacon, one of six children, plans to attend college with an interest in earning a business degree.
"I'd like to own my own business someday," said Bacon.