Often times a new head coach has to spend the first few months getting to know the staff before moving on to X’s and Bones.
This is not the case for new Grovetown football coach Cory Evans, who has spent the previous six seasons as the team’s defensive coordinator. Not only did he already have an idea of what he had, but he’s a familiar face who already has a relationship with most of the returning players on the program.
“I think it’s a huge advantage to be here already and to know these kids,” he said during a morning practice this week. “One thing is, I knew what kind of problems we were having, but I also knew the good things we had going on. I already had an idea of where the kids should play, so we moved the kids to different positions.
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Evans took over after Damien Postell and Grovetown went their separate ways in January. When he took the job he said he wanted to add to what Postell had built. According to junior corner Marcus Washington, Jr., Evans is doing just that.
“Coach Postell has done some really good things and Coach Evans is building on that,” Washington said. “He added new things, including some great bodybuilding stuff, to help us become better as a team. “
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Grovetown finished 2020 with a 2-9 record and went winless in the 3-AAAAAA region, highlighted by resounding losses to Evans, Greenbrier and Alcovy. The schedule will be just as tough for the Warriors this season. Evans is up to the challenge and believes it will pay dividends in the future.
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“I’d rather play a tough competition to prepare for the region rather than playing a group of guys who aren’t necessarily that good, which would give us a false sense of confidence. I want us to really know where we are at and we will find out after our first two games. We will know where we are and what we need to improve, ”he said.
“Obviously the defense is ahead of the offense right now, but we have a lot of kids playing in positions that they’ve never played before. It’s kind of a transition for us right now, but we’re doing fine.
One thing about this list from Grovetown is that she’s young, which means a ton of room to grow in 2021 and beyond.
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“I will say one thing: I have a good group of kids that I’m happy with right now. We have about 90 of them and they come in and work hard every day, ”Evans said. “We’ve had our best winter and summer programs in my seven years at Grovetown High School. We are young with a big first year and second year class, we have very few seniors and our junior class is not huge, but they are very talented.
Grovetown opens the 2021 regular season on the road at Campbell High School in Smyrna, Ga. On August 20.
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