Smith knows his region has talented teams top to bottom, but Perry has two more non-region games to get through first. Monroe is this Friday, and then the Panthers have two weeks to prepare for Milan Turner and Veterans.
“Monroe is a good football team,” he tells me. “They have good skill guys, and they’re dangerous. Then, we have a week off before Veterans- who has a 3-0 start. Our region play has Upson-Lee, who won last Friday night, and a lot of guys are back from last season. Where we are in our program, each game is a playoff game. We have to continue to get better because our region is better with Mary Persons, West Laurens, Howard, Spalding and Upson-Lee all together.”
One final thing to remember where Kevin is concerned...
He’s still just a young pup when it comes to being a head coach. He’s only in his second year, too, both at Perry and as a head coach. Period. End of sentence. While he has a huge resume as a coach, there’s still a LOT of learning to do.
“Sometimes, I get a little lost still trying to figure it out,” he says with a laugh. “It’s fun calling the shots. And I am a relationship-driven coach since I have always coached the D-Line. That’s just a relationship with 15-20 guys, but now as the head coach, I can reach the whole team being the head guy.
“With all that, I am still trying to figure it out a little bit.”
I get the impression, though, that Coach Smith’s learning curve gets flattened out pretty quickly as we see what Perry is doing on the field these days.
Play it safe, everyone… I’ll talk to you soon!