Georgia High School Football Spring Preview – “30 In 30″ Series: Pebblebrook Falcons

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Will the third year be the charm for Pebblebrook?

This season, the Falcons will under the direction of coach Randall Smith for the third year in a row. The Mableton school has made rapid progress under Smith, going from 3-7 in 2008 to barely missing the state playoffs with a 6-4 record last year.

What are the goals this spring? “To work on our execution as a team,” Smith told the AJC. “These young men have been in our system for two years now and have a better understanding of our schemes, so we play to move at a faster pace this spring that we have the past couple of years.”

Pebblebrook is building this year’s team around its defense:

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  • Linebacker Darian Stewart (6-foot-3, 224 lbs.) had 76 tackles last year, including 45 unassisted last year. He is capable of making the big play and, perhaps most importantly, serves as one of the team’s leaders.
  • Free safety Kendrick Peeples (5-10, 170) has a lot of fun playing the game of football, and his attitude is infectious on his teammates. Peeples had seven interceptions last year, and he is considered one of the state’s top defensive backs.
  • Defensive end Derek Riley (6-3, 195) can’t stay on the field long enough for Pebblebrook, also starting at tight end. He is the type of player that can quickly change a game with one of his standard high-octane plays.

Spring Game: 2 p.m., May 8

Spring practice dates: Now-May 8

Last year’s record: 6-4

Starters lost: 10

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15 comments Add your comment

H.S. Coach

April 27th, 2010
1:12 pm

Coach Smith has done a good job of building a solid program at the Brook, but how are they going to respond to being bumped up to 5A? Also, are they at a disadvantage because they are a performing arts magnet school and lets be honest, most of the 500 or so kids that go there aren’t going to be playing football for the Falcons

indianman

April 27th, 2010
1:59 pm

go vidalia indians

Will Jones

April 27th, 2010
2:47 pm

Looking forward to My Forest Park Panthers playing in their new.region. Got to meet the new HC for the first time. He seem like he’s ok. Had them boys excited to be in the gym. It reminded me of when I played in Griffin with bears. It was hyped up in there like never before.

CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCAT

April 27th, 2010
10:07 pm

HEY WATCH OUT FOR THE BOYS N THE BLUE AGAIN, JUST SENDING OUT A MESSEGE TO THE STATE!!! STRAP YOUR HALMETS ON AND PUT IN YOUR MOUTH PIECES BECAUSE WE IS GOING FOR NUMBER 3!!! LET GO CATS!!! EVEN THOUGH I WAS OFF TOPIC BUT I HAD TO LET THE STATE KNOW!!!

RaiderFan

April 28th, 2010
7:43 am

Looking forward to your profile of the East Paulding Raiders! We will be back in the top 10 and challenging for a state title as we drop back down to AAAA

J. Dawg

April 28th, 2010
3:02 pm

Yeah,East Paulding should have a good year since they are dropping back down to AAAA.

carlos

April 28th, 2010
3:26 pm

East Paulding lost some good players and more importantly, some very good coaches. Time will tell, but some think the Raider ship is sinking. I’m not saying it is but challenging for a state title is still far-fetched, even after dropping down to AAAA- more than a couple of blowout losses last season and even lost to the worst Harrison team ever. Might challenge for a region title now that they’re no longer playing the Etowahs, Woodstocks and McEacherns.

FALCONS FAN CLUB

April 28th, 2010
8:02 pm

GO FALCONS!!!!!

SouthGARules

April 28th, 2010
9:32 pm

Pebblebrook was in AAAAA last year. They were in the same region as Newnan, East Coweta, Creekside & Westlake. This region does not seem as strong with McEachern being the only AAAAA playoff team.

Falcon Fan

April 29th, 2010
10:13 am

Im very excited this yeaar for the Falcons we are going to suprise many people…Let’s GO FALCON!!!!

M Byrd

April 29th, 2010
12:38 pm

To the Camden Co. Wildcat, one of these days they are going to have to build a 2nd high school in Camden Co. Many schools would love to be the only show in their county so they can dress out 200- plus kids and cherry pick the best.

Will Jones

April 29th, 2010
4:21 pm

@ M Byrd. Imagine What clayton county has to deal with when it has like 6 high schools and like 4 others bordering our county line. And with the no child left behind law, my FP Panthers have been in a rut thats hard to get out of with kids transferring in their Jr. Sr. yrs, to neighboring schools.

Falcon football team

May 12th, 2010
7:42 am

all i know is we gona focus on lowndes this year and play as hard as we can in order to keep up. mcceachern alright but i dont think they will keep up with the schedule as far as we have. The harder teams we play, the better we get and learn

falcon football player

May 2nd, 2011
12:46 am

we goin for regionals this year!! undefeated.. i promise on everything i love

ANOTHER COACH

May 23rd, 2011
10:41 am

They do have one PA/Football player and he’s damn good