Aaron Hall is looking forward to the upcoming football season at Thomson-McDuffie Middle School.
And there's good reason.
For the head football coach and athletic director is looking at one of the biggest offensive lines in the history of middle school football in Thomson.
"We're real big upfront," said coach Hall, whose Bulldogs finished with a record of 4-1 last season. "I think we've got one of the biggest offensive lines we've ever had. We've got some beef."
The only blemish to a perfect season last year was a season-opening loss at the hands of the Washington-Wilkes Middle School Tigers.
Coach Hall is optimistic about the upcoming season.
"We're hoping to go undefeated," said coach Hall during a pre-season interview. "We've got the potential to be a pretty good football team. We've just got to learn to be consistent in everything we do, offensively and defensively."
Coach Hall and his assistant coaches were expected to get a first-hand look at their team today (Thursday) in a scrimmage game against Wrens Middle School. Game time at the Wrens Middle School field was slated for 5 p.m.
"Hopefully, we'll know a little more about where we stand after that scrimmage game," said coach Hall.
Right now, he explained, "every position is an open position. Nobody is totally locked into any position. Everybody on the team is going to work hard to be a starter."
Thomson-McDuffie Middle returns Chris Tutt as the football team's quarterback.
Tutt, now an eighth grader, saw a lot playing time last season, coach Hall said.
"He's grown a lot," added the head mentor. "We'll be counting on his abilities on the field and his leadership a lot this season."
The Bulldogs will be working offensively out of the Wing-T -- just like in previous years.
"We try to mirror the high school football program as much as we can," said coach Hall, noting that occasionally the offensive unit may pass the ball. "We might run out of the shotgun every now and then, but not much."
Defensively, coach Hall said he hopes "we can find some people who want to hit and tackle. If we can't, we're going to be in trouble."
This season, the Thomson-McDuffie Middle School football team will be coached by the following assistant coaches: Brett Chalker, offensive coordinator, Jerry Stamphill, offensive line; Kenneth Crockett, defensive line; and Murtavious Miller, defensive backs.