Four Questions with Liberty County coach Kirk Warner
Kirk Warner, Liberty County
1. What is the most memorable game you’ve been a part of as a player or coach? “Our first playoff win in school history against LaGrange. I think they were top three in the state. It was a back-and-forth game. They kicked a field goal in overtime to go up three, and we scored a touchdown to win. My quarterback, Julian Stokes, ran a zone read to Shadrach Thornton and kept it around left end and barely got in by an inch.” [Liberty County won 16-13 in the 2009 game. Stokes is now Liberty County’s boys basketball coach and led it to the school’s first state championship last spring.]
2. Which high school coach would you want your son to play for, and why? “I guess if it was anybody other than me, I would say probably my old high school coach, Jimmy Kilpatrick. He taught me everything I learned about football – be hard-nosed but also love them. When you make a mistake, know how to build them back up.” [Warner’s son Kameron is a senior wide receiver at Liberty County. Son Karrington is a sophomore cornerback on the JV team. Jimmy Kilpatrick was Bleckley County’s head coach from 1977 to 1990.]
3. What is your pet peeve as a coach or favorite saying/motto? “My favorite saying is have a short memory. You can run an 80-yard touchdown or get burned for an 80-yard touchdown, but either one, get ready for the next play.”
4. Which GHSA policy or high school football rule would you most like to see changed? “The half-the-distance rule. I hate that. I’m typically an offense coach, but when you get a penalty inside the 20-yard line, put it on the 1 if you have to. If I could change a rule, it would be that.”
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