Hearing such a roar from the crowd brings a smile to the face of Head Coach Johnny White who after guiding his team to a 6-4 mark in 2016 now has an overall record of 11-4 halfway through his second season. It didn't take White and his staff long to start winning, the other task of preventing these Tigers from changing their stripes seemed tougher. The Douglas County program had been plagued by transfers," We had 15 of 17 seniors sign this time," says White. " Three of them went D-1, but most went D-II, NAIA or JUCO. Meanwhile, around Metro Atlanta, there were 7 players who signed D-1 scholarships who started their high school careers at Douglas County. We had to find a way to get the good kids to stay."
White had been an assistant and Head Coach at Creekside before joining the staff at Langston Hughes. White remembered Douglas County Andre Weaver when he was the school's track coach and Athletic Director so when the Head Football Coach’s job opened White knew it was the place he wanted to be. "At Creekside we always admired the size of the Douglas County team," remembers White. " With it being a high academic school it was the best of both worlds for me."
The new coaching staff was impressed with what it found upon arrival in February of 2016. 60-70 players showed up at 6am for 10 days of early morning drills. After having the first winning season in 8 years, this year the players made demands on the coaches. "Since we have to play 15 games to win the state title, the players asked if we could do 15 days of early morning drills," remembers White. "This time 85 players showed up at 6am, on the line and ready to go. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in March they worked out in the morning, and lifted during 5th period, with some playing baseball, soccer and running track."