Former Polk County coach Derrick Davis taking over as the new head football coach at McMinn Central

Former Polk County coach Derrick Davis taking over as the new head football coach at McMinn Central

April 12th, 2019 by Patrick MacCoon in Breaking News
Former Polk County coach Derrick Davis has been hired as the head coach at McMinn Central.

Former Polk County coach Derrick Davis has been...

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Updated at 6:58 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019, with more information.

As spring practice is set to gear up in a couple of weeks, McMinn Central High School's new head football coach is "jacked up" to return to the field.

Derrick Davis is set to don the colors of Columbia blue and white after adding to a deep family history at Polk County the past 19 seasons.

"I am re-energized and excited to be a Charger," Davis said. "Our goal is to make teams dread playing Central. Whether you beat us or not, we are going to be tough and fight for every inch. If our kids can buy into laying a foundation, the success will come. It starts from the middle school program and works up."

Leading a former rival, against whom he was 14-5, Davis plans to bring the smashmouth style of play that helped the Wildcats to a 123-88 record with 13 straight playoff appearances (2001-13) and five region titles. His first-ever win came against the Chargers.

An inseparable duo will work together for the 20th consecutive season.

Larry Davis will join his son's staff at McMinn Central, which will keep four current assistants and bring in several new ones, according to Derrick Davis.

"Just the thought of continuing to coach with my dad is special," he said. "I live less than a quarter of a mile from the McMinn County line, and it takes me nearly the same time to get to Central as it did to Polk County. Staying right at home will help the change. I haven't got anything but well-wishes since the news broke."

With only one win over the past two seasons, a 10-win campaign and run to the Class 3A state quarterfinals in 2014 seems like a long while ago for the Chargers.

Hired by his alma mater in 2000, Davis broke a streak of eight straight losing seasons in his second year on the job in starting his very successful run with Polk County.

The Wildcats' physical brand of football paved the way to victory behind a wing-T-based offense and a hard-to-break defense, which compiled 33 shutouts under Davis.

"I have zero hard feelings toward the players and students at Polk County High School," Davis said. "There were just some circumstances where the best thing for me was to start somewhere fresh. This is a great opportunity for me to do that. I'm pumped up and ready to go to work."

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