"I worked on my speed this summer," Alfred McCullough said of his off-season. "We've got high expectations of going very far in the play-offs this year."
Athens returns 18 starters in 2006. We asked McCullough the main obstacles of the Golden Eagles getting into the championships.
"Just getting out of the North," he said. "The North is a tough region this year, but we are going to take it game-by-game."
Athens went 8-5 losing by a heartbreaking three points to Buckhorn 34-31 in the third round in 2005. Buckhorn was elevated to 6A competition in 2006.
The Class 5A Region 8 includes Decatur High School who drops from 6A competition. A.P. Brewer, Hartselle, J.O. Johnson, Muscle Shoals, Russellville and West Point round out the region.
Rebecca Johnston What is your favorite moment in sports history?
Alfred McCullough: Good question, I don't know.
RJ: What would you do first if you won the lottery?
AM: Buy my momma a house.
RJ: Who is the most important person in your life?
AM: My mother.
RJ: What is the hardest thing you've ever gone through?
AM: My first year of two-a-days--my tenth grade year.
RJ: What's the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
AM: Nothing really. I'm pretty laid back.
RJ: What is something we don't know about your head coach (Coach Creasy)?
AM: He's crazy. He's a wild type of guy.
RJ: Who is the best player on your team (besides you)?
AM: We don't have a best player.
RJ: What is your favorite thing about school?
AM: (Laughing) Three o'clock--getting out of school.
RJ: What is your favorite childhood memory?
AM: Winning my first championship in football. I was in 5th grade.
RJ: What is your greatest virtue?
AM: I have a good head on my shoulders. I don't ever get in trouble or nothing like that. On the field I got good sportsmanship.
RJ: What is the virtue you most admire in others?
RJ: Do you have pets?
RJ: What is your favorite food?
AM: Mexican--Taco Salad.
RJ: Who is your favorite musical performer?
AM: I don't have one. I listen, but don't have a favorite artist.
RJ: What kind of music do you like to listen to?
AM: Rap and R&B.
RJ: What is your favorite video game?
AM: NCAA Football 2007.
AM: Big Pun. My mother just started calling me that.
RJ: What is your favorite season of the year?
RJ: If you could visit any place where would you go?
RJ: Where would you like to live?
AM: Florida or California…..California.
RJ: Who is your hero?
AM: I don't have one.
RJ: What is your proudest moment?
AM: Putting a smile on Mother's face when I got my scholarship to Alabama.
RJ: Excluding football what is your favorite sport?
RJ: Do you have a team you like to follow?
AM: No, not really.
RJ: If you could attend a football game with two people, one a family member or friend and the other person someone you don't know but, that you admire, who would you take?
AM: My little cousin, Myles and Warren Sapp
RJ: After your college career is over how would you like to be remembered in their history?
AM: As one of the best players that ever played there.
Rebecca Johnston is a feature writer for ScoutSouth.com.
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