Michael Carvell’s Inside High Schools: Football coach of No. 2-ranked Grayson spends rainy day at Walmart

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Grayson football coach Mickey Conn prides himself on always being prepared. On Monday morning, he was in an awkward position — he wasn’t sure what to do with his time.

Classes had been canceled because of inclement weather, therefore Grayson’s heralded football team couldn’t practice. The Rams are ranked No. 2 in the state’s largest division (Class AAAAA) and also appear in several national polls.

Conn, like many other metro coaches, works 60-80 hours per week during the season. Mondays are always important, the time to watch film of the opponent and begin to install the game plan. This week’s game is at Parkview.

So what did Conn do with his time? He watched film, of course, in the early morning. Then he called his wife.

“You don’t get many days like this to rest during the season,” Conn said. “I took my family out to eat, and now we’re fixing to run to Wal-Mart … running errands and spending time with my family. I’m just enjoying the break, I reckon.”

Conn admitted it was difficult to get football off his mind. On Tuesday, it will be back to work for the coach and his players, providing classes aren’t canceled again. Conn doesn’t plan to make up for the lost day with longer practices. He’s going to keep things at the same pace as they have been all season.

“I’ve never been in this situation before,” Conn said. “The good thing is that they (Parkview) can’t practice either. We’ll just have a shorter week to get ready, and we’ll need to be focused as possible the next three days.”

Will that be enough time for Grayson to prepare for Parkview? And is there any team better in metro Atlanta?

See what Michael Carvell says about Grayson in his video blog…

16 comments Add your comment

SportsFan31313

September 21st, 2009
7:34 pm

Parkview will not beat Grayson…..

EagleNationRising

September 22nd, 2009
10:36 am

How is Peachtree Ridge a GREAT team. Lowndes County 51, Peachtree Ridge 17. Obviously, Michael is drinking the same cool-aid that has rendered the AJC’s hype of these metro Atlanta programs useless.

AstroFan

September 22nd, 2009
12:57 pm

Any feel good story to find out of Gwinnett, AJC is there!!

football fan

September 22nd, 2009
1:54 pm

EagleNationRising…Are you a Collins Hill Eagles football fan? If so, you will see how great of a football team Peachtree Ridge is when they beat the Eagles on 10/16/09.

Also, Mr. Carvell is free to write about whatever he likes.

VIKING DAD

September 22nd, 2009
2:51 pm

Crystal ball predicts Parkview 21 Grayson 17

SportsFan31313

September 22nd, 2009
3:51 pm

VIKING DAD,

I hate to dissapoint you, but that statement, and prediction you made is wrong and wishful thinking….

SportsFan31313

September 22nd, 2009
3:53 pm

EagleNationsRising :-) :-) :-) :-) LOL………

SportsFan31313

September 22nd, 2009
3:57 pm

Football Fan,

EagleNationsRising is from Region1-AAAAA which is the combination of 3 Middle Georgia Football Teams, and the remaining Football Teams being in South Georgia . The toughest Football Region in the State Of Georgia…. He is a Northside Warner Robbins (Eagles) Fan.

SERIOUS GRAYSON FAN

September 22nd, 2009
7:42 pm

EagleNationsRising: I have four words for you! I LIKE YOU MAN!!! I totally agree with you! Who fricking cares if the Grayson Coach goes to Walmart! I told ya’ll Grayson was a bunch of rednecks out there! I’m sure he went there to make a layaway purchase on some “State” rings that they THINK they are goin to win!

Viking Dad: I hope your Crystal Ball is correct!!

SERIOUS GRAYSON HATER

September 22nd, 2009
7:43 pm

MY last posting was a joke! I am definitely NOT a FAN!!

Football Fan

September 23rd, 2009
6:40 am

Serious Grayson Hater: Why dont you get a life. You are such a loser.

pity poor monroe area

September 23rd, 2009
11:19 am

Serious Grayson “Fan”:

First, Wal-Mart doesn’t do layaways.

Whatever Conn does is news to a point, since the Rams are in the thick of the AAAAA fight again. Are they better than Lowndes (again)? Don’t know, and neither do you.

As for EagleNationRising, if you climb down off your tractor and learn to read, you’ll know that there are not many coaches in Georgia who do not respect what Grayson has accomplished in a relatively short period. No rings yet. rue, but the Rams are as solid as any program in Georgia. Get over it, and just keep reminiscing about dominating AAAA ball in Warner Robins and parts south.

SERIOUS GRAYSON HATER

September 23rd, 2009
3:35 pm

Football Fan! FYI I do have a life and I am not going to sit here and have a blog bashing contest with you. I don’t like Grayson, For the hundreth time I think they are a bunch of arrogant, snot nose hillbillies. THAT is my opinion!! We all blog our “personal thoughts” on the site. If you don’t like what I blog then stay the hell off! I could careless if the coach goes shopping at Walmart. HE IS NOT A CLELBRITY like he is being protrayed to be. All I care about is somebody bringing them down!! I totally support all schools competing to win the state championship and I think every school should have the opportunity to win, but you walk around thinking your sh*& don’t stink and you think all the other teams are beneath you, then no I don’t think they should win state. That is what my whole issue is. It’s that f*&^ up attitude they have.

pity poor monroe area: Well since I don’t shop at Walmart I just “assumed” they had layaway. Anyway who cares, It doesn’t matter. Just to let you all know I am going to give Coach Conn credit for two things, 1} Yes he did build the program up and did a great job. 2} That man has passion and fire that I have not seen in any other coach except the North Gwinnett Coach. BUT, he needs to control those monsters and the PARENTS that he has create. Like it or not folks THAT is my opinion and that’s what counts!!!!!!!

Quinn

September 23rd, 2009
3:51 pm

Any team can get destroyed by another good team if they play like absolute crap. The way PRHS played against Lowndes made me wanna throw up. We didn’t execute, we made silly mistakes, turned the ball over, and gave in to Lowndes.

VIKING DAD

September 25th, 2009
4:11 pm

Quinn, don’t make excuses when you know that PRHS got their butts whipped. the game was over after the 1st quarter.

SportsFan31313

September 26th, 2009
4:39 pm

VIKING DAD,
Surprised on the results of the Grayson/ Parkview game?