Sneak preview for Knights
By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
The West Georgia Tech Knights won’t play their first official football game until next season, but they’re giving fans a sneak preview of what’s to come with a series of intra-squad scrimmage games this season.
On Saturday, the Knights held the second of those scrimmages, and this one was played at Callaway Stadium.
More than 100 players suited up for the game, including former LaGrange Grangers Javarsity Baldwin and Demoton Boyd.
Walter Dunson, the school’s head football coach and athletic director, is happy with the progress the program has made as it looks ahead to its debut season in 2014.
“I’m excited about where we are right now,” Dunson said. “Our kids have worked hard and picked up both offense and defensive schemes a lot sooner than we as a coaching staff anticipated. We are so far ahead of where we thought we would be at this time of the year.”
Dunson said he and the other coaches have extremely high expectations for Boyd, who had a stellar career at LaGrange as a running back and kick returner.
Boyd was also a state champion in track and field.
“The player that we as a staff think has made the greatest improvement, and who I think will play four-year ball in the next couple of years is Demoton Boyd,” Dunson said. “He has shown tremendous improvement since the beginning of camp in June. He came in as a speed guy and he relied totally on his speed, but he quickly learned that all college football players have the ability to run. He worked hard to learn how to cover opposing receivers using fundamentals, techniques, and playing within schemes. He’s a good kick returner and a very fun player to watch.”
Dunson added that he’s “also excited about Jarvasity Baldwin.”
The Knights will hold a final scrimmage at Heard County on Sept. 28, and that will also serve as homecoming.
West Georgia Tech will play its home games at Heard County’s stadium next season.
“We have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball and many of our guys will get to go home and play in their local communities at some point,” Dunson said. “We have an exciting brand of football. This area is a prime area for football. There is nothing like football in west Georgia, and we are excited to be a part of that.”
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