Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pennington Upset with Last Place

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pennington Upset with Last Place

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WAYCROSS, Ga. -- Ware County fans are eager to usher in the

Steve Pennington era.

After all, the Gators have suffered through two dismal seasons:

4-6 in 1994 and 1-9 last season. However, Pennington may have

taken on more than he can handle in rebuilding the Gators.

Last season under former coach Dale Williams, the young and

inexperienced Gators showed signs of breaking out of the dry

spell, but struggled with turnovers and injuries.

That output prompted Ware County School Superintendent David

Dyal not to renew Williams' contract after 23 seasons at the

school. He left as one of the most successful coaches in the


That move landed Pennington in Waycross after six seasons

coaching Appling County. The new coach is fed up with being the

doormat in Region 1-AAAA.

"We're going to give the fans a lot of excitement," he said.

"It's going to be a year of progression. We're going to make

teams in our region take notice of us."

With six returning starters on offense and defense, the Gators

should show an abundance of improvement. Pennington believes the

Gators' offensive line will be the team's strength.

The front five features a trio of seniors, led by right tackle

Tony Franklin (6 feet 5, 320 pounds). Thomas Zachary (5-10, 185)

is a lock at center, and Eddie Williams (5-11, 200) is a solid

candidate at right guard. …

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