With a 2-5 record after losing to Rome 36-20 on Oct. 4, the Paulding County High team still has gotten better since this time last season, said Head Coach Scott Hamilton.
“We have shown a lot of improvement; [we are a] much bigger, stronger team,” he said.
The difference between last season and this season is how hard his team has been playing, Hamilton said. After six games in the 2012 season, the Patriots were 1-5 and had three shutout losses of 33 points or more. This season, after six games they were 2-4, with only one shutout loss.
“We have competed in all of the games and had a chance to win on the last drive in every game but one. The kids are playing extremely hard,” said Hamilton.
After six games, there were three players at the top of the roster statistically. Running back Thomas Sieh was averaging 100 rushing yards, quarterback Corin Duginski had thrown for 500 yards and linebacker Caleb Sailors led the team in tackles.
Sieh rushed for 205 yards against Rome.
With only three games left in the season, Hamilton said he is proud of the effort and defensive play his team has shown this season. However, they still need to improve on how they start games, he said.
“[We] had not played well early and caused us to fight out of a hole,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hamilton recently received an award from a major market news source.
Hamilton did an interview on Monday with 11Alive’s Donna Lowry after receiving the Atlanta TV station’s Class Act Award, upon nomination from county athletic director Don Breedlove.
Nominations for the Class Act Award were done online. With 300 teachers nominated, 11Alive chose up to 40 teachers as recipients.
The award was given for Hamilton’s “Player of the Day” program which he does with special needs students at the school.