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Georgia Southern Head Coach Downplays Top Ranking at TD Club
It’s been a decade since Georgia Southern held the top spot in the Football Championship Subdivision polls. The man responsible for bringing an end to that drought paid a visit to the Macon Touchdown Club Monday night.
Jeff Monken made his second appearance as the Eagles leading man. A year ago he took his club from a 4-4 record to a visit to the national semifinals. With the bulk of his starters back, including 14 preseason All-Southern Conference selections, Southern is off to a 2-0 start.
Monken spoke about his Westside trio - running back Robert Brown, offensive lineman Dorian Byrd, and linebacker Carlos Cave - as well as Warner Robins natives LaRon Scott and Brett Moore. But he paid little mind to Monday’s news, that the Eagles are on top of the Sports Network and Coaches Poll for the first time since 2001.
“It doesn’t mean anything, and I hope we’re mature enough as a team, I think we are, to realize that there’s a lot of football left to play,” Monken said. “It really doesn’t matter until the season’s entirely done, so we’ll keep expectations the same for the kind of effort and toughness and togetherness that we’re looking for.”
Monday’s high school awards went to a pair of GISA standouts. Stratford senior linebacker R.C. Brown earned Lineman of the Week. He had 14 solo tackles, one for a loss, and a forced fumble in Stratford’s win over Gatewood Friday.
Back of the Week went to Mount de Sales senior running back Myles Swain. He carried the ball 10 times for 156 yards and two scores in the Cavaliers’ win over Flint River.
Barney Hester and Tattnall were the featured school. The Trojans are 2-2 after winning two straight.
By Darnay Tripp, WMAZ