Coach Robby Pruitt is entering his eighth season as the head football coach at Coffee High School in Douglas, and his 37th season overall. He has the Trojans off to a great start in this 2019 season, despite the fact that only nine starters returned from last year’s team that made it to the third round of the GHSA Class 6A playoffs.
Pruitt’s young team is 4-0, on the season with wins over Brunswick, Salem, Ware County and Taravella, Fla. The Trojans have scored 179 points while allowing just 36 points on defense.
“We lost several really good players from last year’s team and this year we have become a team by committee,” said Pruitt, whose overall mark as a head coach is 186-53-1.
“We do have some outstanding players returning this year,” Pruitt said. “We have some tough kids, but everybody in our region does too.” The Trojans compete in Region 1, considered by many as the toughest league in Class 6A.
There are several top players on the team this season.
Antonio Dawson is a 5-foot-4, 130-pound senior running back, who Pruitt calls, “One of the toughest kids I’ve ever coached.”
There is some size on the defensive side of the ball. Josiah Killebrew, a 5-11, 270-pound senior defensive tackle anchors the line of scrimmage, while Latorie Wynn, a 6-4, 190-pound senior linebacker is considered by Pruitt, “as a really good football player.”
Running back Maurice Turner, a 5-9, 170-pound sophomore has been outstanding in Coffee’s first four wins.