New chapter for Woods and Peabody

Justin Walters

TRENTON, Tenn. - Fresh off their first district championship in 20 years wasn't the biggest news the Trenton Peabody football program endured last season.

Just one year after garnering immediate success, former head coach Joe Gaddis departed from the Golden Tide sideline, .

Peabody didn't take long to find a replacement. And a good one at that. Some would even say great.

Enter in head coach Ricky Woods.

Woods joins the Golden Tide from South Panola in Mississippi. Among his many feats at Panola, Woods led his team to five straight state championships (2003-2007), in addition to a period where the team racked up 75 straight wins.

"Winning is really important to me," said Woods. "We're going to try to win games here. Some players will have to step up and grow up really fast."

Despite having a plethora of accolades under his belt, Woods feels character is what separates his players from others. His main message to his players is preparing them for life after football.

"Football is going to end. You have to teach them how to do right and wrong and coach the whole person," said the first year head coach. "That's important to me. It's the only way I do it."

Coach Woods begins his new chapter on the road against Mckenzie on August 23.


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