Clinton Gatewood is not satisfied, and he’s hoping his Greenwood High football team isn’t either.
The Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start as they prepare to face the Greenville Hornets Friday at 7 p.m. in Greenville.
However, Gatewood says there is much room for improvement.
“I’m pleased to be 3-0, but I’m far from satisfied. The simple mistakes, like jumping offsides or lining up in a wrong formation, the dumb things, are killing us. We’ve got to do a better job of being focused,” said Gatewood.
“I tell the kids I want them to go out there and play hard and have fun, but I’ve got to emphasize to them that we are on a business trip Friday night. We’ve got to go over there and take care of Greenville, and then we can enjoy that win.”
Greenwood cruised to a 45-7 win over Class 5A foe Cleveland Central a week ago. The Bulldogs also own wins over Leflore County (48-12) and Class 5A Holmes County Central (34-6).
Greenville is in Class 6A, the highest classification in the Mississippi High School Activities Association. The Hornets, who are led by first-year coach Quintarus McCray, are 2-1. They beat Ruleville Central 49-8 last week and opened the 2019 campaign with a 28-20 win over Gentry. Clarksdale topped the Hornets 49-30 in Week 2.
“We’ve got to run 82. They’ve already beat Gentry, so we need to beat Greenville,” said Gatewood. “We welcome the competition. It will only help us play better in our division. I’ve known Coach McCray a long time. He used to be the offensive and defensive line coach at Greenville, and then he left to be the head coach at Riverside.
“I’m glad to see his program flourishing. He’s got a lot of kids out, but he knows we are coming over there to care of business. This is not a party trip.
“We are still in search of the perfect game. We have a long ways to go to get there, but that’s what we are shooting for. We’re still developing kids. The foundation has been laid, we just have to keep building the frame.”
The Bulldogs have moved the ball well through the air and on the ground. Sophomore quarterback DeAndre Smith has been the trigger man. He’s 33 of 47 for 689 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception through three games.
Senior Jamarion Addison leads the ground game with 286 yards and two scores on 36 carries (7.9 yards per carry).
Senior receiver Kobe Chambers has 13 catches for 298 yards.