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HInesville officials honor Long County coach, QB
Kyle Wilson
The Hinesville Officials Association selected Long County Blue Tide head coach Kyle Wilson as the Coach of the Year and Quarterback Justin Boyd as the Player of the Year for the 2006-2007 season.
Wilson took over as the head coach of the Long County football program in 2005 and inherited a team that had not won a game since the program had been started back up in 2002.  In his first season he coached the 3-A team to two wins. In his second year, the team moved up to the difficult 2-AA region, and once again his team won two games.
This year, Wilson’s team jumped out to a 3-0 start, and finished the year with four wins.  The team’s potent offense was able to score with any team in the region, and this was most evident in the team putting up 27 points against state powerhouse and defending state champions, Charlton County.
“All I can say is that I was surprised for sure, very surprised, when I was told (that I had been selected),” Wilson said. “But it shows a reflection on the team and how far they have come, how much they have improved. Its more on them, than me.”
Boyd took over as the starting quarterback for the Blue Tide in the third game of the season last year.  As a freshman he led the team to two victories, throwing five touchdown passes and leading the team in total offense with 1,165 yards.
This year, as a sophomore, he completed 57 percent of his passes, throwing for 2,276 yards, with 14 touchdown tosses.  He also rushed for 112 times, gaining 499 yards, to carry a 4.46-yard per carry average.  He rushed for seven touchdowns.
“I will tell you what coach (Rich) McWhorter said about Justin. He said he’s as good or better than Dasher as a sophomore, and bigger. And Dasher got a scholarship to Middle Tennessee State”, said Wilson said.
Dwight Dasher was the starting quarterback for Charlton County in 2005 and 2006, leading the Indians to back to back state titles.
Wilson also said of Boyd, “As quarterback he had to be a leader, but this year he took even more of this roll on, he definitely has the potential to be a 1-A college athlete.”
The criteria in which the association bases its selection is on the athletic performances, overall talent, individual and team achievements, and sportsmanship. The selection n pool is the numerous schools that contract out the officials during the season.
The HOA held its annual Awards Banquet Thursday and trophies were given to both Wilson and Boyd.
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