Forrest County Agricultural football will be turning to two seniors who have had two very different journeys. Jakoby Kidd and Wes Dubose’s different circumstances and personalities come together to form a perfect set of leadership for the Aggies.
FCAHS coach Brad Calcote embraces their different backgrounds and is confident in their different leadership styles.
“It’s funny that they are both kind of new in that leadership role,” Calcote said. “Them being together in that leadership role will be a new dynamic. One will be right there behind the other or side by side being the example. They are a little different on the end the spectrum with how they are leading.”
Kidd and Dubose have played together since they were in seventh grade in the Dixie youth football league, which gives each player mutual respect for one another. While each player has tremendously different personalities, they both share a common quality that makes them effective leaders, which is the ability to embrace hard work.
For Kidd, it will be his third year in a row changing positions for the Aggies. He will be primarily playing quarterback while still seeing time in his former duties at cornerback and wide receiver. Kidd is described as someone who leads by example and allows his actions to speak for themselves.
“He was a defensive back almost 100 percent for us last year,” Calcote said.” He had very few reps for us on offense. He did a lot of special team stuff. But any time he touched the ball, some thing good happened. He is a good leader for us. He won’t exactly open his mouth and fuss at people, but as far as doing what he is supposed to do, working hard, putting in extra time and stuff like that, he’s done a good job in that role. He’s a lead by example type of deal. “
Kidd has rarely touched the ball in his career, but he notably holds the longest touchdown catch in FCAHS history as he scored a 99-yard touchdown pass in his sophomore year. He also notably averaged 21.7 yards per kick return.
“His leadership role is expanding,” Calcote said. “He’s embraced that with his work ethic and good things that happened when he touches the ball; (we decided) to give him a shot.”
Kidd said that he has mainly focused on having a better understanding of the game of football.
“It was tough in the summer, but as I worked on my game, it got easier,” Kidd said. “I try my hardest to focus on the game more than anything else. I try not to let anything distract me. When I’m here, it’s the only thing I’m focused on, which is my game. I look back at how I did and what I can fix for this year. I watch other YouTube videos and learn from them.”
On the other hand, Dubose has been a constant force as a blocking tight end since his sophomore year and is the louder between the two.
“I liked him in the weight room,” Calcote said. “We had an injury, and he got on the field more than he ever would have as a sophomore. Ever since then, his toughness (is constant). His deal is that he is tough and physical. His role is to play tight end. He works hard and is extremely hard. He pushes other people and himself.”
However, Dubose tore his ACL in the final three minutes of the last game of the 2019 season.
“I hit the dude, and I was blocking. I drove him from the middle of the field to their sideline,” Dubose said. “I was about to pancake him. Then he tried to sling me off of him and ‘I thought well if I’m going down, you’re going down.’ When I hit the ground he landed on my leg, and it just popped. I thought I broke my knee. I was scared.
“The meniscus was torn and there was a slight muscle tear too.”
Although he is about 20 pounds lighter than he would like to be, Dubose has used the experience to his advantage.
“(I learned) to not take anything for granted. I lost the whole offseason,” Dubose said. “I just started working out when summer football started. I had to sit there in the weight room while they worked out with crutches in my hands. I couldn’t do that. My first day, I’ll never forget it, I’m sitting on the bench, and I almost started crying.
“The two understand each other’s challenges and use them as teaching methods for the underclassmen.
“I lead more (on the field),” Kidd said. “Wes does a great job in the weight room. He works hard in the weight room, on the field, and in the games. He’s a good player.”
At the same time, Dubose expressed significant admiration for his teammate.
“(Kidd is) an athlete,” Dubose said. “He can do just about anything. He plays defensive back. He can play receiver, slot (and) quarterback. He’s just an all-around athlete.”
Both players plan to drive their teams to success through hard work and by playing each snap like it’s the last, which was said best by Dubose.
“This year, I’m going to make an effort that everybody understands that you never know when you might get hurt,” Dubose said. “You can’t think about that and that you just have to go play.
“You have to fight through the hard times. You can never give up.”