Rayburn comes to Colquitt after serving as an assistant at Mary Persons. He says the biggest change for him is numbers and depth. The Pirates boast around 40 players, about half as many as Rayburn's old squad.
That doesn't mean the Pirates can't return to winning ways.
Rayburn says there will be a few scheme changes offensively and defensively, but he believes the team can handle it.
He says the excitement among the community is there and if the Pirates can just earn one big win, he believes it will snowball towards good things for Miller County.
"I think it'll take off. The community's excited. We had a scrimmage last Friday night and had a great turnout," he says. "I think it would really take off if we could get a signature win early. That's not going to be easy, but I think that would just light the fire here and it would come back pretty quick."
Rayburn says he's been most impressed with his team's work ethic, especially during the summer workouts.
"That's been a big adjustment for them: the requirements of the summer, the conditioning, and the things we've gone through," Rayburn says. "They've jumped on it. And they love it. They'll sit here and tell you that they won't, but they love it when they get done with it."
The Pirates jump right into the fire to kick off the Rayburn era. They open the season August 29 when they host defending state champion Marion County.
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