2013 is the last year the Hattiesburg Tigers started the season 0-3, but don’t count them out just yet. The Tigers tough first three games might have come in losses but winning division games and postseason play are what counts the most.
Most teams would be scared to schedule Laurel, Oak Grove and Petal in their first three games but Coach Tony Vance believes the toughness of the team’s starting schedule will gets them ready for the grueling division play ahead.
This week the Tigers face a tough Jefferson Davis team.
“We play tough non-division games for a reason,” he said. “We start out with four tough games to prepare us for division play in the coming weeks. Jefferson Davis is a perennial powerhouse in 3A and is going to have something to say about who will compete for their class’s state championship in the end. They probably have more NFL players than anyone in the area. Games like this give our players that competitive game time experience that will get us ready for regular season and post season.”
Jefferson Davis County is no stranger to success. Bassfield has won five state championships in class 2A from 2012-2019. With the consolidation with Prentiss High in 2016 to form what is now Jefferson Davis High School, the school has added more talent to an already dominant program. Since 2012, 33 players have left Bassfield to play at Division I or on the junior college level. Two players that stand out are Houston Texas defensive back A.J. Moore and Cornell Armstrong, who have been in the league since 2018.
Vance knows he has his hands full but is pleased with the progress and direction his team is heading.
“We are still searching for that identity,” he said. “We want to be able to run the football, and pound the rock, but if we have to pass to open up the run game then we will do that. We will throw the ball when we want to, not when we have to. Jefferson Davis plays hard and will be aggressive the entirety of the game. We have to step up to the challenge and we look forward to this Fridays game.”
Kickoff is set for 7 pm at Hattiesburg.