Stratford Eagles preparing for transition into Georgia High School Association

Stratford Eagles preparing for transition into Georgia High School Association

The head football coach for Stratford Academy visits Coaches' Corner and talks with host Bill Shanks.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The Stratford Eagles lost last season's state championship game to Westfield. This time around, second year coach Mark Farriba has more to prepare for than just another football season: Stratford will be switching to the Georgia High School Association.

"I don't think the preparation is really any different," Farriba said when discussing the school's switch. "In the GISA, you had several games in the beginning of the season that really didn't matter.  In the GHSA, every game matters, and it's starting game one."

One thing the Eagles won't have is their quarterback from 2013, but the gap isn't phasing the coach. He believes he has three solid players competing for the job. "I think that's one of the great things that you can have, competition within your team."

What the offense will have back is its leading rusher, Connor Corbitt, as well as running back Austin Devenney. Despite losing significant players up front, Farriba still feels the offense will be a strength.

Defensively, the Eagles only have three starters returning and will lean on younger players to step up.  "They got to grow up fast," he says.  "But it's time."

Stratford's first game is August 29 against Savannah Country Day.
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