In his second season at the helm, Mundy’s Mill coach Greg Manior led the Tigers to a Class AAAAA quarterfinals appearance and No. 8 ranking in the state. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
Vitals: This was Manior’s second year as head coach of the Tigers. He helped lead the team to its best season in school history with a record eight wins. Mundy’s Mill started the season 0-4 with what the Maxwell Computer Ratings called the toughest schedule in Class AAAAA. The Tigers rebounded from that slow start and won their next six games to clinch the Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A title and second seed from the region into the state playoffs. It was the school’s third time in the postseason.
Why Manior: When the team started off with four straight losses, Manior didn’t let them get down on themselves. In addition to the school-record eight wins, Mundy’s Mill ended the season ranked No. 8 in the final Georgia Sportswriters Association poll. It was the first time in school history that the Tigers’ football team had been ranked. The wins over Houston County and Lee County were the first time in school history that the team won postseason games. Mundy’s Mill hosted Houston County in the first round in the playoffs, which was the first home playoff game in school history.
Others considered: Tim Floyd of Jonesboro, Al Hughes of Lovejoy.
What’s next: The team will start its offseason conditioning program when school re-opens after the holiday break. Mundy’s Mill will host its team banquet in January.
Running back Rodney Smith says: “It has been great playing for coach Manior. He really helped us on the field, but the biggest thing is he was about being on time and discipline. He taught us things that will help us off the field. I’m glad I was able to play my last two seasons for him.”
Q&A with Manior
Question: What was the highlight for you this season?
Answer: “When we saw that we were going to host a playoff game, it was very exciting for the school and the program. It was the biggest highlight in the 11-year history of the football program. It was pretty exciting for the team to be the first one in school history to win a playoff game. It was exciting for everybody involved with the team and school.”
Q: How did you improve this season?
A: “After the first four games, we started playing real fast and with a lot of confidence. After losing those games, I know a lot of our players were not sure of what was going to happen. We played well and worked hard on making it to the playoffs. You have to credit our senior leadership with the way we turned the season around.”
Q: What was your biggest challenge?
A: “We had to keep the morale up after that 0-4 start because we thought we would be a little better. Our seniors kept us focused and helped make this a special year. We played real consistently for the rest of the season and into the playoffs.”