HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - With this being the last year for Bassfield High before consolidating with Prentiss next year, it was already going to be an emotions season.
Another layer will be added Friday night when the Yellow Jackets host Loyd Star, in what will be Bassfield's final homecoming.
"There's a lot of excitement," nine-year Bassfield coach Lance Mancuso said. "A lot of people coming in from out of town and things like that take into the game."
The four time defending 2A state champions have made sure this final year is one to remember. The Yellow Jackets are 7-2 and ranked first in the state.
Despite the circumstances surrounding Bassfield the support from the community and play on the field remains strong.
"Oh yeah we got a lot of support," senior lineman Corneilus Booth said. "The people at the church over there they feed us steaks. The people at the fire department, they take us out to eat for steaks. Everything."
Senior tight end/linebacker Drudon Knight said the mindset within the locker room never changed.
"We were already motivated to keep the tradition going," Knight said. "When they told us that it meant a lot. Everybody got more serious about it."
Time is ticking on Bassfield High. Though the name will change, the history made can't be erased.
"Oh yeah Bassfield football, it means everything," Booth said. "It's literally all we got. That's the only thing we known for...football."
Added Mancuso, "These young men have been just outstanding in the way they've portrayed themselves on and off the field. I couldn't think of a community I've been more proud of than this community."