The Greenville High School football team will finally get a chance to take the field this Friday night when they travel to take on the Greenwood High School Bulldogs. And, Friday night could not come soon enough.
After playing just four games last year because of COVID-19, the Hornets have had their first two games of this season canceled because of COVID issues. The Hornets games against Gentry (Aug. 28) and Clarksdale (Sept. 3) were not played.
Greenville football coach Quintarus McCray said the cancellations have been totally frustrating for his coaching staff and players. It seems the Hornets can’t buy a break.
“Our emotions have been like a roller coaster. We are up and down,” McCray said. “The toughest part is that our seniors have not been able to play.
They need to play and be seen in order to make it to the next level.”
McCray expects the game against the Hornets rival on Friday to be more than competitive. The Bulldogs come into Friday night’s affair with a 1-1 record. Greenwood opened the season with a 47-0 loss against Holmes County Central, but the Bulldogs then went on the road and defeated Rosa Fort 24-16 last Friday.
“Both teams this Friday night are really gritty,” McCray said. “We may have more senior leadership then they have, but they have already played two games and we haven’t played yet, so that is an advantage for them.”
While the McCray’s Hornets have not played any games yet, they have been permitted to practice a little over these last two weeks.
McCray said he believes that will allow many of his players, like quarterback Jeff Davis, to not be as rusty as they otherwise would have. McCray’s team also went through a tough practice on Labor Day.
Greenville running back senior Lamarckus Kinney, perhaps the heart and sole of the Hornets, is expected to have an even more productive season this year than he did in his breakout junior campaign.
Greenville players like Jamarion Humphrey, Lavell Dunlap and Anthony Edwards, who have also been loyal to the program despite having options to leave, are also expected to show great leadership this season.
Qunitarius McCray Jr. helps to lead a group of talented linebackers on the Hornets.
“If anything, the kids have learned the be patient, and that everything comes in time. And that is how life works. You need patience in everythting.”