Last week is on the back burner for Starkville High School as the Yellow Jackets are turning over a new leaf and working towards that ultimate goal of another Class 6A State championship.
There were some plays that head coach Chris Jones believed should have gone SHS’ way against Brandon last Friday night, but there were also plenty of plays that the team should have made to come out on top. He used that frustrating 27-21 loss as a teaching point for his young team to put it behind and move on in a positive manner.
“Our mindset is to get better,” Jones said. “We had some questionable calls, but we can’t worry about it. We watched film and saw a lot of things that we could get better at anyway. Hopefully we’ll get better. It’s a learning process for these kids. We got a chance to play in a big-time game and big-time atmosphere. I thought we did some good stuff. I thought we made some mistakes, but if we clean up those mistakes, we’ll be where we want to be.”
There’s no time for the Jackets to feel sorry for themselves early on in the season so they have no choice but to get better. The schedule provides no breaks for them until Region 2 play and next up is a hungry Oxford team ready for redemption in the Little Egg Bowl renewal Friday night.
For more on the Little Egg Bowl, see Friday's Starkville Daily News.