By Sarah Moomaw / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
The East Central Community College football team finally got what it has been look for all season – a win.
Exactly a week after the 36-31 decision over Mississippi Delta Community College on Homecoming, the Warriors are taking the momentum on the road to Pearl River Community College on Saturday and are hopefully taking a piece of it with them.
"The kids obviously needed that win," head coach Ken Karcher said. "Hopefully they'll play with more confidence this week and we can give Pearly River a good contest ... [and] hopefully we'll spoil their [Homecoming] Day."
Karcher said he knew his team had play making capabilities, it was just getting a chance to use them. Twice, the Warriors watched their lead slip away, but Jimmy Cockrell and Donnie Farmer had other intentions.
On a fourth-and-12, with the game clock under the final minute mark, Farmer found the finger tips of a diving Cockrell, who made the catch and held onto the ball as he hit the grassy end zone.
"We repped that play throughout the week and we had a certain area where we saw a chance to be successful with it. I'd be lying id I said it would be on a fourth-and-12," Karcher said. "Jimmy Cockrell made a great catch and Donnie Farmer put the ball where it needed to be."
The late win in epic style has given the team a bit of confidence, the first-year head coach included. Karcher said despite this season's struggles, everyone has kept their heads up, but this week they've been a bit higher.
"They've had a good attitude all week like they've really had all year," he said.
The Warriors have taken an "about us" attitude all season and that hasn't changed. Karcher, his staff and the players, spend very little, if any, preparation time talking about what the Trojans were going to do last week or what the Wildcats will do this week.
"I don't think there's any other choice that we have anyway," Karcher said. "No matter where you are, it's not what your opponents do, if you cant execute the things you need to do, but what it's done its allow our kids to focus on us and not the other people."
Part of that removed focus means only counting on each other to make things happen. Karcher said that was evident last week in the win.
"The biggest thing is they continued to fight for the game, when we had a lot of different guys in a lot of different positions," he said. "We were low on numbers, but I think they believed they had an opportunity to compete against Delta. then we made some plays when we needed to make them, which was important."
At Pearl River, Karcher said it'll be a lot of the same. The Warriors need to execute and limit their mistakes because the Wildcats are capable of scoring points and burning their opponents.
"We're going to have to make very little mistakes and make some plays early in the game to keep ourselves in it and give ourselves some momentum, when we have oppourntiies put some points on the board," he said.
ECCC knows the tradition that Pearl River has, but shares a similarity in also having a new coaching staff. Karcher said that tradition has helped in the transition, and even though the are 3-4 on the season, he isn't counting them out.
"Like most people in this league, they lose to the teams everyone loses to and they've beat the teams that they should be," Karcher said.