The Cedar Shoals Jaguars, located on Athens Georgia’s “Eastside”, are quietly beginning to roar in the opening month of the high school football season. Off the jump the credit goes to Athletic Director Roger Edmonds. Edmonds put forth a thorough and detailed search to find the next head football coach and bring the program back to heights it has seen in the past while seeking to exceed them.
“The selection process was long and difficult. We had many good quality candidates, but in the end we decided that good was just not good enough”, Edmonds said about the coaching search.
Early indications on the field, around the school and in the community is that Edmonds found such coach south of the Georgia border in Palm Gardens, FL in one Chris Davis
Davis has the Jaguars off to a 2-0 start with the latest victory coming in the waning moments over a very game Elbert County (Class AAA in Georgia) squad headlined by highly touted running back Tyshon Dye. The Jags won 35-28 late in the fourth quarter by running back Adrian Washington going in from two yards out to cap the win with 60-odd seconds remaining. Washington, being courted by several schools-with Auburn the favorite, finished with 217 yards and 2 touchdowns.
“We came back four times from behind, that showed me this team will not quit”, Davis said
The last time the Jags were 2-0 was 2007, the last of 14 years by former head coach Scott Wilkins-who never had a losing season at Cedar Shoals and whom the stadium is partially named for.
Dye on the flip side went for 117 yards on 18 carries (including a 65-yard touchdown run). Minus the touchdown run, that’s 52 yards given up to one of the nations premier backs, Dye also scored on a kick return. Title-rich Buford, who fell to Cedar’s region foe Gainesville last week, held Dye to 66 yards rushing in a 14-3 week one loss by the Blue Devils.
Next up for Cedar Shoals is region play, region 8-5A this is stacked with quality teams (Gainesville, Clarke Central, Flowery Branch, Heritage-Conyers and Apalachee to name a few) and is a very underrated region in the state scheme of things regardless of classification.
The Jaguars open region play hosting Flowery Branch this Friday, a Flowery Branch team that Davis describes as a team that, “They have a good run game, their good at the second level, well coached and play with a lot of energy”, Davis pointed out.
For the Jaguars, a region play opening game win would provide good footing for the remaining region slate that is ahead. With Washington running the rock, Jordan passing it more than many have seen in the Jaguar program/history and a defense that is out to gang tackle you, the Cedar Shoals Jaguars are headed in the winning direction. Chris Davis is just getting started while providing quite the appetizer.