Meigs Co Must Replace One of the School’s Best Ever Players

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Meigs County has been one of the top high school football teams in our area the last few seasons, but now the Tigers must hit the field without one of the area’s top players.

Quarterback Aaron Swafford was the Tiger King at Meigs County.
He won over 50 games in four years, and he got the Tigers to the state title game last season.
Now Swafford is gone.
Said head coach Jason Fitzgerald:”What Aaron did for us is just unbelievable the last four years. The leader he was. Knowing on Friday nights he wasn’t going to lose a football game.”
So yeah, the Meigs County offense will be a little different this year.
Said Fitzgerald:”You know I don’t think you’ll see as many quarterback runs. Most of the time you don’t run your quarterback 20 times a game. The ball will be. Something different for us the ball will be spread out a little more this year than it was in the previous couple of years.”
Reporter:”What’s going to be the number one key to y’all’s success in getting back to state this year?”
Said running back Will Meadows:”Right now coach is preaching getting into shape.”
Reporter:”Why do you think that is?”
Meadows:”Because we are out of shape right now.” (laughter)
Said Fitzgerald:”I don’t think we have as much depth as we have had in the past. Have to play a few more kids both ways this year than we have in the past.”
Said lineman Malachi Hayden:”The biggest challenge? Probably seeing if we can bond as a team because if we don’t bond, we ain’t going to make it very far.”
It will be a challenge to return to the state title game for Meigs county, but it won’t be their biggest challenge.
Said Fitzgerald:”As bad as you want to get to a state championship game, you’re goal this year is just to have a season hopefully. That’s the goal. Your goals have to change a little bit.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.