Players listen closely to Awards Banquet speaker Tony Lee.
2014 Viking Players Recognized at Awards Ceremony
All players that lettered this year received letter jackets, and the team captains received plaques. The highest academic students in each grade level received academic awards.
The speaker was Tony Lee. Tony played for the Vikings in 1970 -72 as both a linebacker and running back. He is currently a minister at Keowee Baptist Church outside Anderson, SC. He spoke of his time here as a Viking and many changes that have occurred both here and in his life.
Joe Mederos and Bill Cribb both announced their retirements at the banquet.
Joe Mederos has taught and coached for Lowndes High for over 14 years as both a baseball and football coach. He was a long time assistant coach in baseball to Danny Redshaw and has spent the past several years as the head 9th grade football coach.
Bill Cribb has been associated with Lowndes football for over 37 years. He played in 1978, 79 and 80 as a starting safety. The 1980 Vikings won the state championship. During his college years he worked with the Lowndes Middle School football program, assisting head coach Lindy Evans. For the past 30 years he has been a varsity assistant coach for Joe Wilson, Rick Tomberlin, Milt Miller, and Randy McPherson. Bill is one of only two individuals to be part of all five of the Viking’s state championships.
David D. Shores Named Vikings Defensive Coordinator
Shores comes to Lowndes from Peach County High School, where he served as defensive coordinator for the past season. Peach County’s 2014 defense finished as the 3rdranked scoring defense in Georgia’s Class AAA allowing only 7.4 pts per game. This was an improvement from the 2013 season when the Trojans give up over 30 points per game. The 2014 Trojans finished with a 10-1 record (3 shutouts) and Region 2-AAA champs.
“I am extremely excited about joining the Vikings’ rich tradition of success and competing at the highest level of high school football in the state of Georgia,” said Shores.
Coach Shores played college ball for Terry Bowden at Auburn in 1996-97 as a defensive back and was a member of the 1997 SEC West Division Champs. He was a student assistant to Bill Oliver in 1998 and a graduate assistant to Tommy Tuberville in 1999 at Auburn.
He served as a member of Rush Propst’s staff at Hoover High before joining Nick Saban’s staff at LSU in 2004 where he served as defensive intern to Will Muschamp.
Shores was named head coach at Spain Park High School, Birmingham, AL, in 2006 where he led the 2009 team to the Alabama class 6A quarterfinals and finished with a 10-3 record. In 2011 he was named head coach at Pell City High School, AL, leading them to their first playoff appearance in 5 years and first playoff victory in 7 years.
Shores brings a wealth of college and high school experience to Lowndes. Coach McPherson said, “He will make me a better coach and I hope to make him a better coach. We complement each other extremely well and I look forward to Coach Shores joining our staff.”
Shores said he will employ a very multiple defense that is "versatile and complex enough to keep opposing offenses guessing." He stated, "It is my goal to place our defensive personnel in the best possible situation to experience individual and collective success.”
Shores joins Tucker Pruitt who was hired in December as offensive coordinator. Shores will coach safeties, and Pruitt will coach quarterbacks.
Lowndes Hires Tucker Pruitt to be Offensive Coordinator
Pruitt comes from a well-known football family—his father is Robby Pruitt, current head coach at Coffee High School and a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Pruitt played high school football for his father—three years at Fitzgerald High and his senior year in 2003 at Warner Robins. His collegiate career was spent at Valdosta State from 2004-2008. The first three years were with Chris Hatcher and the ‘Hatch Attack’ spread offense. In ’07 and ’08 he played for David Dean. He was a member of the 2007 Division II National Championship team and was a redshirt on the 2004 title team.
He began his coaching career in 2009 at Georgia Southern University, where he coached quarterbacks for Head Coach Chris Hatcher. In 2011 he was named offensive coordinator at Thomson High School. He re-united with his father at Coffee High in 2012 and was named offensive coordinator at Coffee in 2013 and coached quarterbacks. In 2013 he coached Tyree Paulk, who led Region 1-6A in passing with 1869 yards and 24 touchdowns. This past season Coffee averaged over 375 yards per game and finished with a 10-2 record.
Pruitt plans to run a spread offense at Lowndes, similar to the spread that Auburn and Clemson both run. Said Head Coach Randy McPherson, “I learned to run the football by running the football. Tucker learned to throw the football by throwing the football with Chris Hatcher. There is a big difference when you learn to do something by doing it—then you know better what is going on.”
McPherson went on to say he had been talking and trading ideas with Pruitt for the past few years. Calling him “someone I have 100% confidence in turning the offensive over to,” McPherson said he was “delighted” to have him finally join his staff. In addition to assuming the play calling duties, Pruitt will coach quarterbacks. He will begin his teaching and coaching duties at Lowndes High on February 2, 2015.
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