Saturday, October 2, 2010

GWHS defeats Warren Central 8-3

GREENVILLE — They say a coach can really determine what kind of team he has by how they perform when the game is on the line. When it all really matters, a good team will rise to the occasion and get the job done.
Well, Greenville-Weston coach Todd Lott has to be quite proud of his team’s performance Friday night, after they fought off a late Warren Central run to come away with a 8-3 victory.
The win marked their second straight and improved their record to 4-2, keeping them undefeated in district play (2-0).
In Lott’s first year, the former 20-year Washington School coach has got his team thinking playoffs — something that hasn’t happened at GWHS since 2001.
Yet despite the obvious change Lott has brought to Greenville-Weston, he’s quick to dish the credit elsewhere.
“The staff has done an unbelievable job in preparing these kids each week,” said Lott. “My hat goes off to the coaching staff, because they basically won the game for us.”
Lott’s assistant coaches surely played a significant role in the victory — but so did shifty junior running back Donald Jackson, who finished with a season-high 199 yards on the ground.
“He’s a special kid,” Lott said. “And he’ll be the first to tell you that a lot of the credit goes to the fullback (Terrell Williams) and the offensive line who opened up some pretty good holes for him.”
The Hornets’ lone touchdown came on a 19-yard scamper by quarterback Willie Mosby. Mosby then connected with Williams for the two-point conversion.
GWHS has surpassed last year’s win total of three.
The Hornets’ two losses came at the hands of two pretty good teams: Clarksdale and Noxubee County, who played in the 5A championship game last year.
Few doubted that Lott and his staff would turn things around at GWHS — but did Lott ever think it would be so soon?
“We didn’t come here to lose,” he said. “There are some good players here. And coach (Larry) Dorsey has started building this thing and I’m reaping the benefits of a lot of his work as well.
“We didn’t know what to expect. We just knew we wanted to work hard everyday and get better.”
GWHS is scheduled to go on the road Friday, Oct. 8, to Vicksburg for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Then, they’ll be back home Oct. 15 to host Grenada.

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