Errick Simmons Jr. and Ervin Simmons have always been tough to take down.
Back in the fifth grade, the two cousins were seldom ever tackled when they played the game Pick Em’ Up — Light Em’ Up. The rules of the game were simple — to tackle whomever had the ball. Most of a recess was spent with Errick and Ervin running circles around their friends.
These days Errick and Ervin are still tough to take down — just on a much bigger level.
Along with their teammate, Rufino Grffin, Errick and Ervin are two talented wide receivers on the Greenville High School football team. This upcoming season they both said they expect to have their best season yet under new head coach Quintarus McCray.
Errick Simmons was the Hornets' main receiver last year. He caught 38 passes for 737 yards and eight touchdowns.
Along with their solid receivers, the Hornets will also have quarterback Ty’Mitchell McCollough back this season. Last season, McCollough passed for 1,660 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“Last year 90 percent of what we did was through the air, but this season we hope to have a little more balance,” Errick Simmons said. “But, that does not mean we still do not want to be a great throwing team.“Rufino, Ervin and I want to make sure that Ty’Mitchell always has a great target to throw to.”
The Hornets open the season on the road against Gentry on Aug. 24. The Hornets’ first home game is scheduled for Aug. 30 against South Panola.
Last season, Greenville’s victory over Gentry was the Hornets’ only win of the season.
But, both Errick Simmons and Ervin Simmons believe that the Hornets will have put in the work during the offseason to win a bunch more games. They each credit Coach McCray will instilling in the program a new spirit and sense of optimism.
“It certainly feels like we are going to do a lot better this season,” Ervin Simmons said. “We believe we can have a great year and that is the first step.”