McDONOUGH — The McDonough Warhawks had a tall order against them when the season began but it was all according to head coach BJ Thomas’ plan.
From a scheduling trick that left the Warhawks with limited games when the regular season began. However, the Warhawks had to handle several things for the season which included teaching a new starting lineup.
From starters like Davion Johnson and Lay Davis who saw considerable playtime in 2018-19 season while the rest of the lineup had to catch up. That’s led to a unique issue for McDonough. Its lineup is mostly senior heavy, and the program must contend with the youthful look of many players that are starting for the first time in their careers.
However, there is the likes of Jay Greene at the point-guard position who also must improve throughout the season. But for Thomas the team is still relatively intact behind the two returning starters.
“I returned three total guys that played significant varsity minutes last year,” Thomas said. “Outside of that, everybody that I have this year didn’t play much varsity last year. So even though it’s a senior heavy team, I have eight seniors, I think three of them really have experience like that. There’s been some growing pains early.”
Those growing pains have led to a 3-4, 3-2 start to the season but that’s not a worry for Thomas because he knows it’s fixable and he knows that the team will get better over time and grow. He’s just interested in teaching them, which explains how the scheduling for the season was done.
Many teams in the county have played over nine games, while McDonough is behind with five, but there was an explanation to it.
“This year, by design, I wanted to start my season later because I felt like there was a lot more that I wanted to teach and I wanted more time to teach that before we started playing,” Thomas said. “We did start later, but I think I may have started one week later than I wanted to like next year, I’ll move it up a week. This year, I gave it four weeks, but I may not give it that long. But that was my thought process going into the season.”