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Crisp Academy first-year head coach John Penney, center, was an assistant on last year’s GISA Class A State Championship team that swept Westwood, but when then-head coach Brett Freeman abruptly left the team before the start of the 2012 season, the Crisp players got together and asked Penney to step in. He did, and now one year later, Penney has Crisp right back where it wanted to be: defending its state crown. (

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GISA CLASS A STATE TITLE PREVIEW: Crisp Academy turns around potential 'disaster' season into rematch with Westwood for Class A crown

Defending GISA Class A state champ Crisp Academy started the season without a coach but has managed to march back to the title game for a rematch with Westwood.


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