Roger Holmes, Dublin
1. What is the real difference-maker in winning and losing in Georgia high school football? “I would list in order: 1. Talent of athletes. 2. Quality of coaching staff. 3. Administrative support to make No. 2 happen. 4. Tradition and community expectations. 5. Financial resources.”
2. Which player that you’ve coached is memorable mostly for his character or inspiration? “I would say a young man that played for me in Dublin by the name of Jontrel Colbert. Jontrel was a young man that did not have a lot of things at home and was a very quiet young man. He was given the opportunity to attend New Mexico Military Junior College and then went on to get his four-year degree at Union College in Kentucky. He was undersized but had the heart and determination of a lion.”
3. What is the best atmosphere for a high school game that you’ve experienced away from home? “Without question it would be the quarterfinal game in Calhoun in 2004. Stands where full, and people were deep around the fences. Tremendous game.” [Dublin won 48-37.]
4. As a player or coach at any level, which game do you wish you could play again? “I know there are games that I have been a part of that we lost, but this question is hard to really elaborate on. I really don’t think of games that I would want to go back and replay. But there are several that I would wish that our game plan or practice leading up to the game would have been better for a different result. As coaches of this game of football, you know you can’t go replay the game, but you learn from your negative results to eliminate them from the future.”
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