He seems to know exactly what play to call. At what time. He has a knack for out scheming talented defenses and squeezes everything out of the talent he has. Coach Alan Lowe, the Head Coach at Deerfield-Windsor, has established himself as one of the elite coaches at any level of High School Football in the state of Georgia. With his clever play calling and riverboat gambling tendencies he is the brains of an outstanding attack for a team that has been a perennial power in the GISA ranks.
Sure, he has had his fair share of talent. Tony Zenon comes to mind. Heck Stephen Williams, his talented young tailback this season, does as well. But Coach Lowe puts his players in the best position to win. His teams always seem to have a gift for the dramatic and for making big plays at just the right time in the game. Last season, down in Albany, Deerfield converted numerous third and fourth down plays which sealed the victory against eventual state champion Westfield. His playmakers may be unassuming but he has a true gift for placing players in the right position and then, like a kid drawing plays in the dirt for backyard football, he pulls out some of the most creative ways to get them the ball.
His son Tyler Lowe will be calling the shots for the Knights offense this season yet again. He will also be joined in the backfield by all everything back Stephen Williams. Holt Jones will anchor an offensive line that should open plenty of holes for the backfield duo. But what really gives the Knights the advantage is Lowe’s (Alan that is) ability to diagnose the defense and develop new plays during game week to combat the opponent’s defensive tendencies.
Does he have the playmakers this season? The better question is which one is he going to develop into Deerfield’s new favorite weapon this season? Deerfield-Windsor has been to the final four each of the last three seasons and to one state championship during that stretch. This Season I look for them to reach the finals again. Why? Coach Lowe is the answer. Teams may have gotten the best of him last season in Region 3 but that won’t be the case this year.
Region 3 is extremely tough. Valwood, Deerfield-Windsor, Brookwood, Southland and Tiftarea will have to fight it out for the title, and for playoff seeding. But Deerfield gets their two biggest tests at home, Valwood and Brookwood. It is hard to win in Albany. Extremely Hard! So look for the Knights to rebound for the number 1 seed this season and secure hosting throughout the playoffs. Why is Albany such a refuge for the Knights? Because Alan Lowe has been walking the sidelines for a while down there and hardly many teams leave Dougherty County with a victory from Webb Memorial!