Four Questions with Calvary Day coach Rick Tomberlin
GHSF Daily asked Georgia head coaches to answer these four questions. We’ll report from a different head coach each day.
Rick Tomberlin, Calvary Day
1. What is the most memorable game you’ve been a part of as a player or coach? “The most memorable game I had was 20 years ago [at Washington County], the comeback win in Americus. Both of us came in 14-0. We were down 21-0 in the fourth quarter and really hadn’t played bad. We had a touchdown called back and dropped another one. We mounted a fourth-quarter comeback and won the state championship 22-21.” [QB Terrence Edwards, the holder on extra points, scored for the lead on a two-point conversion after a bad snap.]
2. Which high school coach would you want your son to play for, and why? “I’m going to say Joel Ingram [Tomberlin’s successor] at Washington County. I know what kind of person he is and recommended him for the job. He’s a great Christian guy who loves his kids. I’ve got two grandsons now, one 5, the other one 4. He’s the kind of guy I’d love them to play for. Another would be Lee Chomskis at Vidalia. He’s got a great record. I think the world of him, too. The other that came to mind is Eric Parker at Burke County. I just love him. He’s a great coach and loves his players.”
3. What is your favorite saying/motto? “I’ll give you two – ‘Rattle the chains’ and ‘Bring the pain.’ Rattle the chains means make first downs, keep the chains moving. Bring the pain means play physical. It’s still a collision sport, and you’ve got to be tough. The other, is ‘You either get better or get worse. You do not stay the same.’”
4. Which GHSA policy or high school football rule would you most like to see changed? “We start the season too early. We scrimmaged Benedictine on Aug. 11 on Savannah State’s turf, and it was 95 degrees at kickoff at 7:30. You can hardly have practice in the afternoon, and if you go at night, you’ve got to fight the thunderstorms. If I had my way, I don’t think we should have a game until after Labor Day. We’re worried about hydration and heat stroke, and they’re legitimate concerns. Why not move the season back?”
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