“Our front 7 on defense is really good,” Holmes said. “We have to rebuild our secondary, but I like what I’ve seen in practice so far.”
Holmes can line up two of the top-ranked players in the state on the defensive side of the ball -- Romello Height and Jaques Evans. Height is a 6-foot-2, 225-pound defensive end who has more than 30 scholarship offers heading into the season. Evans is a 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker who is considered by Holmes as “one of the top four players I’ve coached in my 30-year coaching career.”
Evans is talented and versatile. In addition to his linebacker position, he plays fullback on offense and handles the placekicking and punting duties.
According to Holmes this could be a special year if his team stays healthy.
“We’ve got size and speed this year and we have experience too,” he said. “Our schedule is not an easy one. We’re in there with Dodge County, Washington County, Bleckley County and several more really good teams in our region and our first three games of the year are as tough as they come.”
The Irish open the season Friday night with Class A power Emanuel County Institute and in Week Two it’s neighborhood rival Swainsboro out of Region 2-AA, followed by perennial playoff participant Brooks County out of Region 1-AA.