The boys from Bees Creek Road stick together, so it's no surprise Jollie Orr's friends followed him when he started the Ridgeland Jr. Jaguars' youth football program three years ago.
Orr, Midgets coach Cedric White, Small Fry assistants Jacvor Patterson and Darryl Bush and Pee-wee coach Cedric Bush are among the program's coaches with ties to Bees Creek.
Orr and White were part of the Jaguars' varsity football team and graduated from Jasper County High in 1993. Patterson was a junior wide receiver and safety that season.
Cedric Bush graduated in 2005, but he was born on Bees Creek road. His cousin Darryl, a 1989 Jasper County High graduate, has always lived on Bees Creek Road.
"It's satisfying to know and it's positive knowing you can still be friends after all that time," Patterson, 36, said.
"We all have a bond," Darryl Bush, 41, said.
White grew up in the Cherry Hill area, but his father's from Bees Creek and he spent plenty of summers hanging out there with his friends Orr and Patterson. They all love football and point to the Jr. Jaguars as a way of giving back to the community.
The Lowcountry Youth Football League's season kicks off Saturday with the Jr. Jaguars' first game at Walterboro.
Patterson is prideful when talking about how the program has grown.
Orr has always stressed the importance of the players working with teachers, school work and teaching the kids to be respectful and Patterson said the children have been receptive.
"Every year it gets better, the relationships with the coach and teacher is greater, they let us know what the students are doing in school and we instill respect in the kids," said Patterson, whose 9-year-old son Jacvor Jr., competes in the program.
Cedric Bush, who played youth ball for the Ridgeland Tigers when he was young, said the Jr. Jaguars have taken things to another level.
"The Jr. Jags program is a step above when I was there," Bush, 25, said. "The Jr. Jags program is not all about winning games; it's about developing better people."
That development is not a suggestion, it's Orr's demand.
"Jollie has it to a point where we have to teach that at practice every day, you don't have a choice," Cedric Bush said.
White, 37, works at Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School where his 9-year-old son Malik goes to school.
White coached last season's Dynamites to a 9-1 record and the league championship. He was pleasantly surprised at how the young team adapted.
"As green as they were, having never played before....they went way beyond my expectations," said White, who was going to be a linebacker at Clark Atlanta University but was forced to stop playing because of shoulder injuries.
White hopes the Midgets will have the same drive the Dynamites had and will be willing to learn.
He expects the players will heed to the league's emphasis on school work. White said his son was named classroom ambassador last year, which meant he was the one the teacher asked to run errands or interact with other classes.
"It touched my heart," White said. "Football players aren't stupid."
Cedric Bush, who said he'll count on several returning players to boost this season's team, plans to go to the players' school during the season to make sure they are behaving.
Patterson, who said the Small Fry team has "veterans and up-and-coming superstars," is committed to the Jr. Jaguars. Even when his son moves on, Patterson plans to continue growing the program.
"I'll be a part of it for a while," he said. "I'm not in it just because my son is there. I'm here for the kids."