Opposing viewpoint: Murrah

Staff Writer

It has been many years since Murrah High School has been competing for championships and they’ve recorded just two winning seasons since 2004.

Chris Jones said this isn’t the time to start believing that they aren’t competitive, however. Coming out of the Jackson Public Schools, the talent is always there for Murrah and other schools in the area to make a play at any time during a game.

Though the Mustangs have a losing record to this point, he’s seen enough on film to know that they can come to Starkville on Friday night and put a jolt into the Yellow Jackets.

“Murrah is good,” Jones said of the 2-6 Mustangs. “They are a few plays away from beating some people. They can score and have a lot of players that can really run. They have some speed on offense and two or three kids that are really special.”

The Mustangs are most definitely improving under coach Damien Gary. He took over a two-win team last season and managed just one victory, but he’s a win away from matching the win totals in the last two seasons this year.

Gary’s team started the year with three-straight losses to Yazoo County, Callaway and Ocean Springs before knocking off Jim Hill 27-0 in game four. The team had played the first four games of the season on the road and Gary helped them to back-to-back victories over the Jim Hill team and Greenville.

In recent weeks, the Mustangs have had hard-fought losses to Madison Central, Clinton and Warren Central for three-consecutive losses, but they’re entering Starkville week looking to turn over a new leaf.

Jones singled out a couple of players to watch the most in the game and that’s junior running back Demarcus Clincy and senior Jalen Bracy who have combined for 11 rushing touchdowns. Clincy is closing in on 1,000 yards having already rushed for 977 in eight games and he’s averaging 6.1 yards per rush. Bracey has seven catches for 119 yards and 28 rushes for 187 yards as the Mustangs will use him all over the field, including at quarterback.

“I remember back in the day when Callaway was a real contender, (along with) Murrah, Provine and others like that," Jones said. "They’ve got that kind of talent. They’re a few possessions away from having a good win-loss record. We’re not going to sleep on them because they have a good team.”