A fresh beginning is now only two days away.
For a new football season commences this Saturday for the Gentry High School Rams squad, a group of players whose focus is to improve on last year’s 2-9 record.
Under second year Head Coach Mario Young, the Rams will take their own field at 7 p.m. that day against the visiting Hornets of Greenville High School.
“Greenville always has big players and good athletes”, said Coach Young. “If our kids will play the way they’re taught, good things can happen.”
In last season’s opening game, it was the Hornets who prevailed as they claimed a 29-19 decision over the Rams.
However, that victory over Gentry High would prove to be the lone win recorded by the 6A member Hornets, as they proceeded to struggle through a 1-10 record during that 2018 season.
Historically over the course of the past dozen years, these two schools have battled to a 6-6 record.
This parity has especially continued the past four years with neither team able to secure a consistent dominance over its opponent. This has resulted in wins and losses being alternated between the Rams and the Hornets.
In preparation for this Saturday’s game, the Rams did participate in a jamboree last Friday at Hollandale Simmons High School.
While scrimmages against Leflore County High of Itta Bena and South Delta High of Rolling Fork both ended in scoreless deadlocks, Coach Young was optimistic.
“The scrimmages were extremely short but offense is definitely ahead of our defense. We will make a few adjustments and I feel we will be good. I am looking forward to getting this season underway,” he said.