Cougar Junior Football Strong Finish a Good Sign
A final-game victory at Marked Tree bodes well for his Junior Cougars next year, according to Rector football coach David Hendrix.
His young team fought back and earned a 24-22 victory to close the season at 2-6. The team's other win came against Midland.
"They played really well, especially in the second half," Hendrix said of his Junior Cougars, "against a team a little more talented than we were...it was like a different team there at the end."
The coach has said all along that one of the biggest gaps in football is between the eighth and ninth grades. With that said, he believes his eighth-grade dominated team should be poised to have a good season in 2016.
"They are growing up and getting some experience and figuring out what it takes to win at this level. They have a chance to be a pretty good group from now all the way up through senior high."
His team this year had seven freshmen and 12 eighth graders, with many of the latter in key positions on the team.
"Next year's junior high group could be really successful," Hendrix said. "The sky is the limit if they stay in there and work hard."