It’s a 13 minute trip for Derrick Davis now.
Davis who resigned after 19 years at his alma mater Polk County in January will go 13 minutes down the road and try to resurrect the McMinn Central football program.
He replaces Josh Goodin who resigned after a decade in Englewood and a 34-72 overall record.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity, Spring practice will be coming up soon, and we have a lot of work to do. I’d like to thank Mr. Gilbert and Coach Armstrong for their support, and I’m proud to be a Charger,” Davis said.
Davis had a ton of success at Polk County as he led the Wildcat program to a record of 123-88 in his 19 seasons.
He led the Wildcats to 15 playoff appearances in two different classifications (2A in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2017 and 2018, 3A in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013).
Polk County made the playoffs 13 consecutive seasons from 2002 until 2013.
But he will have his work cut out for him at McMinn Central as it has been a tough last four seasons for the Chargers as they have had four losing campaigns, a 7-34 record (one playoff appearance in 2016) during that time and are 1-19 in the last two seasons and are coming off a 1-9 season.
Now that Davis is at McMinn Central, a very interesting week four September 13 showdown will exist as Davis and McMinn will travel down to Polk County for a non region contest against the Wildcats.
Under Goodin, the Chargers made four Class 3A playoff appearances (2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016) and Central made the Quarterfinals in 2014 finishing with a 10-3 record which was the most wins in a season since 1990 when they finished the year 10-2.
The Quarterfinal trip in 2014 was the deepest playoff run since the Chargers finished as the 3A runner up in 1993.
There are currently nine programs looking for a head coach they are: Bolton, Cloudland, Coffee County, East Robertson, Hamilton, Kenwood, Manassas, Morristown East an Seymour
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