At first glance, Jason Cunningham looks young enough to probably fit in as a Gilmer County football player. His players say that's a good thing, but don't let his looks fool you.
"We're really excited about him," Gilmer County quarterback Austin Cunningham said. "He's a lot more organized, younger coach, different style of offense and defense. I think it's going to work for the better though. He's also a teacher at the high school so he's been with us and we've really connected and have a bond with each other."
"We're really enjoying it too," Titans fullback Adam Bell said. "He's making us work but it's a lot of fun. It just makes us pumped up about stuff and gets us fired up real easily. We all enjoy him a lot."
Coach Cunningham takes over for the Titans after the retirement of long-time head coach Bucky Stewart. It didn't take him long to hit the ground running.
"These guys have worked hard since day one," Gilmer County head coach Jason Cunningham said. "In the winter we got in the weight room and we basically turned an old storage room into a weight room. It's one of the nicer facilities in the conference. We pumped about $20,000 of weight equipment into it. They enjoy it. We make it fun for them but we make it hard work."
Gilmer County returns a pair of important juniors in quarterback Austin Cunningham and fullback Adam Bell. But above all, if this Gilmer County team wants to improve on last year's 1-9 season, coach Cunningham said they have got to play with some pride.
"At times last year, as coaches we would say, 'it's like we have a JV team out here on Friday nights.' They were so young and inexperienced and they were weak," Jason Cunningham said. "They hadn't been in the weight room. But those things have changed so we hope they can enjoy their experience this year. Play hard and play for Gilmer County."