No “hocus pocus” solution for Dade County

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DADE COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) — After going 1-9 last year, it was time for a change for the Dade County Wolverines. That change comes in the form of legendary high school coach Dale Pruitt — who just happens to be the father of current Tennessee Volunteer coach Jeremy Pruitt.

The Wolverines are pressing the reset button in pursuit of their first winning season since 2015.

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“I think it’s energized everybody,” senior running back Malaki Webb said. “Everybody’s excited to be around him, all the time, so everybody’s happy at practice and we’re working our butts off, I guess.”

Coach Dale Pruitt is overhauling offense and attitudes down in Dade County.

“So far they’ve been eager. So far they’ve done what I’ve asked them to do,” Pruitt said. “Right now they’ve been a fun bunch.”

“The whole team has come together more. We’re all working a lot harder because he’s pushing us every day in the weight room, on the field,” Webb said.

“Everyone’s ready for practice. We’re always just hyped for practice and ready to see what Coach Pruitt presents us,” senior safety Austin Holcomb said.

Coach Pruitt has been presenting a lot more passing plays than Dade has run in the past. However, no game plan is set in stone.

“We may throw it 15 times one night. We may throw it twice the next night. It’s just according to what they give us,” Pruitt said. “It’s not going to be a hocus pocus thing. It’s going to be a hard work thing, taking care of the ball, the fundamentals that nobody wants to hear about.”

After finishing dead last in the region last year, the Wolverines say the bar is set for this year.

“I think the group we have now has really come together and started a bond as a family and that will help us out in the long run,” Webb said.

“Last year is the past and this is the new year, and we have new guys that people haven’t seen their talent. I think we’re all ready to prove that we’re capable of doing what people don’t expect,” Holcomb said.

“We’re coming to win this season. We’re coming to show them,” junior defensive back and receiver Carson Sied said.

Dade County opens up the season Friday, August 23 against Gordon Lee.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."