Drew Akins didn't go home after school when he was little. He went to work with his dad at football practice.
"I went to a separate elementary school. Get off the bus at Harding Academy and I'd go straight up to the field."
Robert Akins remembers as well. "He would come in and the first thing he would do is lay on the dummies. We had half moon dummies so he would lay there and I'd have to wake him up a lot of times at the end of practice to take him home."
Drew also watched tons of film with his father. No wonder. He desired to be a coach on the field, when he played quarterback for his dad at Boyd-Buchanan.
"I wanted to call plays. That was one thing I was really big on. I remember first game of my senior year, I got to call a whole series, led us down, scored a touchdown. I was like, 'see, if you'd let me call the plays all the time we'd score every drive.' "
"To be able to coach your son and to be able to draw from one another for strength and encouragement and perseverance, all those things you need to have, it was really one of the greatest experiences of my life," said Robert Akins.
Talk about a great experience, Drew and Robert went to three state title games at Boyd, winning it all in 2003.
"And know that this team was led by your son at quarterback, had achieved the ultimate in Single A football in Tennessee, and that's something that no one can ever take away from him," added Robert.
"You don't just go to three state championships in a row. Not everyone gets that experience. So it's something that's special and we understand how big it was and how important and how being able to work together caused that," said Drew.
Drew is now an assistant coach at Ooltewah and he has picked up some of his fathers traits.
"He will see something that will happen.'Gahhhhhh-leeee!' It's one of those things that I do it and I catch myself doing it and Chris, like I said coaches with me. He'll look at me and said your dad says that, and I was like 'I know, I didn't mean to say it'. I feel him with me everyday. I feel the way he coaches everyday come through to kids."