Four Questions with Elbert County coach Sid Fritts
Sid Fritts, Elbert County
1. What is the most memorable game you’ve been a part of as a player or coach?“The 1977 Ohio Valley Conference championship game at Tennessee Tech. I played right guard for Austin Peay State University, a team which had not had a winning season in 10 years and was picked last in the preseason polls. We had a new coach for the 1977 season, Boots Donnelly. Coach was inducted into the College Hall of Fame a couple of years ago. We won 24-21 in a game we had no business winning. We had 180-something yards of offense for the day, 86 which came on the last drive as time was running out. It was the first championship I had ever been a part of. It is still the only OVC championship Austin Peay has won in football, which makes it special, but the teammates I shared it with makes it even more special – Andy McCollum (assistant coach at Georgia Tech), Ron Sebree (an All-American and retired AD for DeKalb County and former Columbia head coach), Mark Daniel (head coach on Screven County’s 2002 state-championship team) and Gordon Powers (head coach, Model High).”
2. Which high school coach would you want your son to play for, and why?“Steve Brewer. Knox Fulton/Sevier County head coach. Steve is retired from coaching and is in youth ministry at a church in Sevierville. He won a state championship at Sevier County in the highest classification in Tennessee. No small task in Tennessee at Sevier County. Steve is the most honest, fair and caring person I have ever been around. He was strong in his faith as a college student as he is today, serving as the youth minister. He came off the bench in our conference championship game and threw a 25-30 yard TD pass with less than a minute to play to win the game for us. He is hands down the man I would want my son to play for.”
3. What is your favorite saying/motto?“We will run till you bleed buttermilk.”
4. Which GHSA policy or high school football rule would you most like to see changed?“The GHSA really needs to do something with the transfer policies. I can’t deny we have benefited from the leniency of the guidelines in place today. However, it is getting progressively worse and seems less is being done to discourage it.”
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