CLARKSDALE — O’Bannon High School football coach Lynn Lang kept telling his players that if they keep working hard and doing the right things that eventually good things would come the Greenwaves’ way.
This hard work paid off Thursday night for O’Bannon as they picked up their second victory of the season Thursday night in a 35-8 road victory over Coahoma County High School.
“This was a big confidence boost for us,” Coach Lang said. “And we still have a lot to play for. If we beat Leland next week, we will make it to the state playoffs.”
O’Bannon’s Zion Jessie led the Greeenwaves’ rushing attack Thursday as he finished with 139 total yards.
On the defensive side of the ball senior linebacker Kedarrius Guster finished the game with eight solo tackles and two assisted tackles, and linebacker Zi’Terrean Smith had seven solo tackles and three assisted tackles.
“Those two linebackers did a great job for us,” Coach Lang said.
Coach Lang also said he was pleased with the performance of his freshman Thursday. The Greeenwaves lost 21 seniors to graduation last year, and the growth of this year’s freshmen class is critical for the future success of the program.
O’Bannon freshmen who played well Thursday included Kingston Grant, Brandon Lee, Anthony Brooks and Treyvon Rhodes.
O’Bannon improves its record to 2-5 overall and 1-1 in Region 3-2A. Coahoma County’s record fell to 1-6 and 1-1.
The Greenwaves will earn a trip to the playoffs with a win over the Cubs next week because a victory Friday will ensure that O’Bannon has one of the top four spots in the region. O’Bannon will be at home next week.