COLUMBIA, Miss. (WDAM) - In its first season back in class 2A, East Marion has made no excuses.
The group of 30 has adopted the moniker “Dirty 30,” a football team comprised of two-way players. It’s been this way ever since head coach Kevin Jackson arrived in Columbia six years ago.
“We preach that year-round,” Jackson said. “When we're in the weight room in the offseason, I'm letting them know it's going to be your time next year. You gotta do it all for us – defense, offense, special teams, whatever we need you for."
"Most of us play both ways,” said senior Devin Daniels, a four-year starter at quarterback and linebacker. “The guys that are playing both ways, we have to bust it harder than anybody else we're competing against.”
The Eagles competed mightily this season, claiming the region 8-2A title and a 9-2 overall record.
Their reward for earning a No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs is hosting reigning 2A state champion Scott Central (9-2) on Friday at 7 p.m.
“We’re just excited about being in the playoffs and getting another opportunity to play this Friday,” Jackson said. “A lot of teams packed it up a couple weeks ago and we’re fortunate enough to continue to come out to practice and get ready and prepare for a game on Friday night.”
“This could possibly be the last time any of us ever touch the field so we just look at that every day,” Daniels said. “We’re going to try to outnumber [Scott Central] in the box, run the ball right up the middle. We got a couple big linemen, they got a couple big linemen. We’re gonna see who can win in the trenches."