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MAHONE: There is a lot to be thankful for in sports

Derrick Mahone

Derrick Mahone

While their classmates are enjoying the benefits of a week off from school because of the Thanksgiving break, the Mundy’s Mill football team is participating in the benefits of their hard work.

School is out in Clayton County, but football practice goes on at Mundy’s Mill.

And that is a good thing if you are associated with the Tigers’ football program.

It’s a usual practice schedule for Mundy’s Mill coaches and players as the Class AAAAA playoffs move into the quarterfinal round. Only eight teams in the classification can enjoy the benefits of practice.

Practice?

Yes, at this time of year that only means your team is among the state’s elite.

Practice?

This is why you go through offseason conditioning, spring practice and the long hot summer months of practice.

Practice?

Yes, it what you want to do this time of year if you play high school football in Georgia.

As the Mundy’s Mill coaching staff’s colleagues enjoy their break away from school and the students, the coaches are working long days breaking down film and preparing for practice.

This is why they coach.

Practice?

Several around the state would trade their time off this week for one more opportunity to break down film and draw up a gameplan.

Mundy’s Mill players and coaches should cherish the moment. The Tigers will be greeted by cold weather this week on the practice field with a chance of rain.

But that’s called playoff weather. Enjoy it.

This has never happened at the school before. By this time each year, the school is closed up for the holiday break, other than the basketball teams practicing.

But a school record eight wins and two playoff victories has Mundy’s Mill as the lone county school practicing this week.

Coach Greg Manior and his staff will put the players through a 10 a.m. practice on Thanksgiving Day. After which the team will be free to spend some time with family and friends.

But Friday, they report back to an empty school to load their buses for a trip to Gainesville to take on the defending state champions and No. 3 team in the state.

From all indications, Mundy’s Mill will enter the contest as the underdog. But that is nothing new for this bunch.

Regardless of what happens on Friday in Gainesville, this group of Mundy’s Mill players should be commended for their hard work and the positive representation of their community. They have put Mundy’s Mill football and the community on the map.

And it all happened because of a lot of practice.

Derrick Mahone is sports editor of the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at dmahone@news-daily.com. On Twitter? Follow him @DerrickMahone_