We're in the down stretch of the High School football regular season and some teams are positioning themselves now for a playoff push. One of those teams is triple a state ranked Washington County. And with a 5-1-1 record, they say losing is no longer an option.
It was a rough start for Head Coach Joel Ingram and the Washington County Golden Hawks this 2010 season. With back-to-back winless games against Jefferson County and Statesboro, the Hawks were at a loss.
Coach Joel Ingram says, "We played some great teams up front. I think the combined record of our first 3 opponents including our scrimmages is 18-2. We made it a point to schedule good people and fortunately that made us better."
5 straight wins later, outside the House of Pain, the boys practice as if it's business as usual, and it is. This week they are preparing for the toughest region opponent yet in 5-2 Burke County.
"Now is the stretch run," says Ingram. "This is where almost every game in term of region seeding are vital and same goes as this week with Burke so we got to be on our toes every week from here on out."
All this season, AAA juggernauts like Baldwin, Peach County, Mary Persons and Perry have been leading the headlines, and WaCo says that's something they prefer, to fly under the radar as underdogs for as long as they can.
Ingram agrees, "We're Washington County. We may fly under some people's radar, but we get everybody's best game and that's the way you want it. You want to be where expectations are high. We're kind of in the Bermuda triangle somewhere between Macon and Augusta and nobody knows really where to follow us.
After Friday night, there will be only two more weeks before the playoffs and the Golden Hawks plan to soar in the hunt for another title in WaCo. Washington County hosts Burke County October 23rd at the House of Pain in Sandersville.