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Lassiter @ Walton - Lassiter's Nnamdi Orjioke (3) pushes off the tackle of Walton's Weston Gurr (25) during the Raiders' home game with the Lassiter Trojans on October 5, 2018. SPECIAL / Cecil Copeland

Right now, Sean Thom is just getting acclimated as Lassiter's new football coach.

And the players are getting accustomed to their new leader, who spent two years as the head coach at Mayville State University in North Dakota.

In other words, Thom kept his first spring practice simple.

This is not Thom's first time in Cobb County or the metro-Atlanta area. He had a brief stint at defensive coordinator at West Forsyth before giving college a shot, and he served in the same capacity at Kennesaw Mountain under former coach Andy Scott.

But this is Thom's first time as a high school head coach, and he tried to stick to the fundamentals during Lassiter's two weeks of spring drills.

Thom is inheriting a team that has four experienced players on offense and two on defense and is expecting to have plenty of new faces to blend in with a few familiar ones.

In its spring game against Shiloh, Lassiter trailed by two points late in the third quarter, but the game got away from the Trojans in the fourth as Thom rested his starters.

“I thought it was a good response,” he said. “We put them into the fire and they did a good job responding to adversity. We competed well against Shiloh.”

Thom installed a few packages in the spring, including an emphasis on the ground game with a few pass plays. Lassiter expects to establish the run under Thom, but he said the offense expects to be a 50-50 mix.

Returning senior running back Namdi Orjioke had 33 carries against Shiloh.

On the defensive side, which is Thom's forte, Lassiter expects line up in both the 4-3 and 3-4 fronts.

Following in the footsteps of former Kell coach Derek Cook, Thom said he may play a few of his most successful players on both sides of the ball, but it is not because the Trojans are low in numbers. With a roster in the lower 80s, he wants to get the best out of players on both offense and defense.

“I want the best 11 guys out there on the field and let it rip,” Thom said. “If you've got a five-star guy playing defensive back, why not throw him the ball, too. Coach Cook got the best out of his talent when they were playing on both sides of the ball. I want to go to battle with the best.”

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Kelly Scott

It's good to see Lassiter with a coach who cares about his players. In turn, the players responded. Cleaning house was a very positive move. Although a change was made at HC, players continue to leave for Kell, Roswell, Walton and Blessed Trinity.

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