PSN Spotlight - Pebblebrook Falcons Ready For Challenge Hapeville Will Bring
For the first time since the arrival head coach Leroy Hood in 2019, the Pebblebrook Falcons have gotten off to a 2-0 start and are preparing for their week three match up with Hapeville Charter. The Falcons know that the 2017 Georgia High School Association Class 2A state champs will be one of their toughest match ups to date, but when speaking with Coach Hood, the Falcons’ mindset of “why not me” has them ready to step up to Friday’s challenge. “Hapeville has been to the pinnacle as far as winning the state championship, so they have tradition over there, they expect to win games,” Hood said of the Hornets. He would that he and his staff have to remind their players that despite Hapeville’s 0-2 start, they still have to respect the winning tradition and mindset that they will come with on Friday.
And when it comes to the mindset change that has played a role in the success in the Falcon’s getting off to a 2-0 start, Coach Hood reflects on the team’s final game of 2020 in which they lost to North Cobb. Immediately afterwards, Hood says that he and his staff began to identify areas they “wanted to get better at as a team” and they wasted no time getting to work. “One of them was the team bonding aspect as far as coming together as a team,” said adding that finishing games was another area the Falcons focused in on during the spring and summer time together. “We just want to identify those areas of improvement as far as third and fourth quarter, getting behind the chains on offense, and defense, creating more turnovers,” Hood said of their off season work.
Coach Hood also talked about the growth in leadership from his guys and the impact that it has had on the team thus far this season. “In meeting with the staff, we all came up with ideas to try and improve the accountability aspect and the leadership aspect and this senior class has done great,” Hood stated, adding that this season has so far “definitely been the best year of guys stepping up, being vocal and actually doing the things to be able to lead as far as leading by example.”