Community supports War Eagles football at golf tourney

Mac Rainey, Jay Greggory and Scott Haley of the Rossee Oil team (left) look on as Chris Clack chats with Robert Bearden. 

By Brandon Bush


Putnam County is already hard at work building the future of War Eagle football.

Saturday, May 5, marked the date of the Putnam County Touchdown Club’s first-ever “War Eagle Scramble,” a four-man scramble golf tournament that drew in around 60 participants. The goal of the tournament was to help the touchdown club raise money to support the Putnam County High School football team’s upcoming season.

“The community really stepped up and helped put on a first-class event,” Putnam County head coach Shaun Pope said. “This was a huge effort in helping our touchdown club provide for our young men in the football program.”

The successful inaugural event, which was held at the Uncle Remus Golf Course in Eatonton, featured more than 40 hole sponsorships, several prizes given away and many donations generously given to help the program. Though many participants took part in the tournament, a handful were able to leave the course with winnings.

The team that won first place in the tournament was Oconee Sand and Gravel, followed by the team representing Learning Safari. There was also a three-way tie for third place between the teams for People’s Bank, Zaxby’s and Party Time Productions and, individually, Robbie Poole had the longest drive of the day while Paul Reeves was closest to the pin.

The defensive coordinator for the War Eagles for several years, Pope was among 55 potential candidates for the head coaching job. He was selected to be the new head football coach in February and immediately went to work on developing the philosophy he envisioned for this team: using football to build better men.

“Football is a very important avenue that we can use to build character,” Pope said in a February interview after being named the new coach. “We want to continue to grow and develop these young men. If we hold our guys accountable and build them up as men first, the scoreboard will take care of itself.”

The War Eagles have already started working on the 2018 season, holding spring practices this week (May 7-11) and next week (May 14-17) before hosting Washington-Wilkes and Greenbrier for their 2018 spring game. Putnam County Middle School just concluded its own spring practice with over 30 rising seventh- and eighth-graders taking part.

With a successful golf tournament behind it and the beginning of spring practice upon it, Putnam County will seek to continue to improve on its previous few seasons. Going from 1-9 in 2016 to 5-5 in 2017 shows that the War Eagles are on the right track, but 2018 could potentially be a breakout year for a new age of Putnam football.

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